Gopher Snake

As I had my head stuck into the engine compartment of one of the cars, rigging up an electronic rodent repeller, a neighbor walked by and said, “There’s a snake in the road here, pretty big one.”

I walked out and there it was, but it was quite dead. Big puncture wound in its side. The insects had already discovered it. Don’t know why whatever bit it didn’t finish the meal, but there you go.

Something else will snatch it up for breakfast. Or the insects will finish it off. Nothing goes to waste.

Gopher snake in Joshua Tree met its maker

The Unexpected Joys of Desert Life

I’m not exactly new to the desert. But there are some things you only learn when you live here. You just don’t run into them when you visit. Like, for instance,


For the past couple weeks, I’ve noticed some people on the street had their car hoods up. Like, all the time, day and night. I tried to think of a logical reason for that, but I failed.

So I went on and I was going to ask what’s up with that? But I didn’t have to because one of the first things I came across was a long thread full of people complaining about RATS EATING THEIR CARS.

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Ocotillo Flowers

Out behind the house. I’ve never seen Ocotillo flowers before, hence the pictures.

Ocotillo flowers in Joshua Tree, CA.
Ocotillo flowers in Joshua Tree, CA.

Joshua Tree Inn Closed for April?

My sister had reservations and they just emailed her saying they were canceling them.

Well, what can you do? Here’s a picture of a fat spring quail.

Greetings from sunny Southern California!

Some day-after-Christmas snow in Joshua Tree. Pictures don’t really do it justice. It’s been snowing for almost five hours, and even though the temperature is around 36 or 37, the snow is staying put and piling up.

snow in Joshua Tree
snow in Joshua Tree

It Was a Long Time Coming

When I came to California in 1984 my friend and ex-bandmate Jeff, from Minnesota, was already here, and he kept saying, “You’ve got to go out to the desert, man, come on, let’s go to the desert,” and I thought, what kind of idiot purposely goes to the desert? I pictured what everyone who’s never been to the desert pictures: endless miles of flat dirt and blazing sun. No life anywhere, no breeze. Or the Sahara desert of the movies: giant sand dunes and blazing sun and camels and Bedouins with swords to lop off your noggin. That’s what I thought of when Jeff said, “desert.”

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