Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Afterward, we made our way to The Apple Pan, an old-time diner Uncle Bobby had frequented since close to it’s opening in ’47. A place who’s reputation has been famously solidified by hard work, customer relations and a dogged resistance to selling out as evidenced by it’s original structure, a converted house, now surrounded by a giant mall and large commercial buildings. For a moment at that counter, I shared in Bobby’s reclaimed youth, and felt fifty years younger myself.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
~Cue the scratchy record player and as the gramophone churns the plinking of the old-time piano from slow motion up to normal speed there you will find James and Kim driving up historic route 395 in-between California's (narrator takes care to pronounce Californ-ee-ah's) most impressive peaks! Just for fun? 120 years late to a gold rush? Yes on both accounts and because it's closer than Monument Valley! Why is James driving so fast?! Oh no! The projector reel's stuck in fast forward! Fully stocked with bologna, Kraft singles, Wonder bread, RC cola and wine, their trusty Nissan stagecoach delivers our hero and heroine to their place of sanctuary, far away from the bustle of the metropolis below!
The Salton sea always has a way of making you feel fortunate once you've returned home alive. Maybe that's why most people you mention the sea to have either A) never been there, or B) never even heard of it! And it's understandable (kind of), it's earned its reputation, but we've found it also to be a refuge, not only for 80% of the aviary population migrating between North and South America, but for ourselves (especially in the winter)! All the elements there seem to be on the fringe, which is what fascinates me I think. It's normally very hot, throughout history has either been a desert or flooded, is extremely beautiful in a haunting way, it's history fascinating and not least of all, seems to attract some of THE most interesting people you'll ever meet! Some of whom go out of their way to visit with you like Leonard Knight, creator of Salvation Mountain, while others sport signs that say "TRESSPASSERS WILL BE SHOT" and MEAN it, 'a la Salton Sea, the movie. We met some of each, luckily, most from the former camp.