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California deserts: Joshua Tree

  By the end of February, I seemed to have survived winter’s fiercest blasts, mostly by moving from high to low camps in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. depending on the weather. Twice I scurried out of the park altogether to hunker down at the Oasis Palms RV park in Thermal, California on the western side […]

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The Slab City Series #5-The pastors and the people

“I was on my way to Quartzsite, and I was reading a book. I got to Slab City, and I never finished the book.” What Rick did instead was to start the Haven, a drug- and alcohol-free place for people to hang out, grab a coffee, and often, to get help. It isn’t meant to […]

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The Slab City Series–#4 The day the dog died

“Did you hear what happened last night?” Scot was on his bike outside my trailer. “No.” I had heard some ruckus by the hot springs, but I locked my door and went to bed. “A bunch of kids beat up Jerry got pretty bad. I tried to stop them. By the time we got back […]

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The Slab City Series–#3-Scot (one t)

“I’m a professional chef,” said Scot. “Once I had a bakery in San Juan Capistrano, and then I had a restaurant in Boulder.” I was visiting my neighbors at the Jesus Lives bunker. Jerry’s puppy was molesting Lance, Scot’s Rottweiler, who finally trotted into the desert in disgust. The puppy then began working on my […]

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The Slab City Series–#2 Meet the Slabs

I camped on the outskirts of Slab City, across the road from Salvation Mountain and just down from what looked like an earth-berm house with “Jesus Lives” emblazoned across the front. I had driven through the Slabs. It was confusing. I didn’t know the lay of the land, and I couldn’t figure out where to […]

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