Time Traveler

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Take a trip down Route 66 for good eats and good times You can sit at a counter, a table or in a red vinyl booth. Most likely the waitress will call you “Hon” as she hands you the menu — unless you are at the Village Cafe in Barstow. Owner Henry Wong does not […]

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Emily’s favorite tune

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  emily’s favorite tune on the diner’s jukebox was “i am calling you” from the cult movie “bagdad cafe.” “A desert road from vegas to nowhere some place better than where you’ve been A coffee machine that needs some fixing In a little cafe just around the bend I am calling you Can’t you hear […]

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Tom and His Dogs

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owned by the larger-than-life personality of tom lewis, tom’s welding is one of the must-see attractions of barstow; the shop is known world wide for the thousands of artifacts from america’s early love affair with the automobile and the railroad. a denny’s sign, each and every one of the state route 66 signs, gas station […]

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Calico Days Sept. 28th & 29th, 2013

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Last weekend in September. Calico Ghost town awakens the imagination. It’s part fun and part history and Calico Days is the perfect time to make a visit to the old mining town.     The two-day event the weekend of September 28 & 29 – 2013 will include a wide number of activities and shows […]

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a fair story

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3 days at the san bernardino county fair, a fun time was had by all welcoming visitors to the fair are the gideon bible folks handing out orange-covered new testaments. maybe i stayed too long, but here a few observations from three days at the san bernardino county fair. fried twinkies are gross. simply gross. […]

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Songs or Silence

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Grains of sand skitter across the dunes, joining a mad dust devil dancing up the steep, sandy slopes. The great Eureka Dunes were created from such swirling dervishes eons ago. The dunes are set like an island in the desert in the southern part of Eureka Valley in northern Inyo County and are the highest in […]

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Equines Retire with Grace and Dignity

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Standing peacefully around the paddock, basking in the sun and the admiring stares of visitors, you don’t see the dynamic energy of a Thoroughbred. But when they get a little frisky you can sense their enormous power as muscles bunch, necks arch and manes fly. You can imagine them charging out of the gate — […]

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Placerita Canyon

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It started off as a hunt for a wildflower I have long wanted to see: the California Peony. But as I did some reading about the flower’s location I was excited to see exactly what Placerita Canyon Natural Area is all about.   Well, it is about history and nature, hikes along a seasonal creek […]

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Hoop skirts and harlots

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There are no two ways about it. I love event photography! County fairs. Tractor pulls. Rodeos and races. Wherever there are faces to photograph I am a happy girl. The annual Civil War re-enactment at Calico Ghost Town a few years ago was perfect. Lots of people in period clothes and costumes wandered the streets […]

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Nipton — Oasis of Tranquility

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A sign touting the best cheeseburger around lets you know you are approaching the eucalyptus-shaded desert oasis of Nipton, Calif. Gently situated on the sloping bajada leading down to the Ivanpah Valley, Nipton is a tiny spot of green in the vast eastern Mojave Desert west of Searchlight, Nevada, just ten miles off Interstate 15 […]

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