Recently, I heard a photographer say November is the best month for sunsets in the desert. Stark silhouettes of Joshua Trees and boulders provide dramatic backdrops for hiking, concerts and the creative spark present in many desert dwellers.
Peace, quiet and vast horizons provide a haven for those in need of an "oasis in the desert." Thirty miles north of Palm Springs, the ascent into the hi desert immediately transports one from the busyness of southern California into a calmer, sunnier world. Stop in Morongo Valley to walk the quiet paths of the Big Morongo Preserve or dig your own cactus at Cactus Mart.
Once in Yucca Valley, visit the wonders of Desert Christ Park and then travel up to Pioneertown for some great food and music at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace , recently graced by a surprise concert by Sir Paul McCartney. Travel though Pipe's Canyon to Landers, the home of the Integretron for an "out of this world" experience and/or soundbath! Or just enjoy the drive!
Return to Hwy 62 and travel to the village of Joshua Tree, the Gateway to Joshua Tree National Park.
By now, I think you realize I could go on and on...unique sites abound. Artists gravitate to the desert and Joshua Tree has several art galleries which open on weekends, listed on the Visual Arts page.
Theater? Yes! Music. Yes!
Consider a visit to the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum. Like star watching, music and art? Check the schedule for the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater where magic happens! I know because I attended the Super Moon Party there this week - and surprise wedding reception of a local artist, with a wonderful story! Another local favorite art gallery and outdoor installation in Wonder Valley, just east of 29 Palms: The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery.
All visitors have a story -- some of the best are told at the always sold out event: "Desert Stories--An Epic Spoken Word Event" celebrating its 10th Anniversary on January 28, 2017.
What will your story be?
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writer, artist, observer, social commentator. I arrived to the Hi Desert 3 decades ago - to enter my chosen field. At the time, I saw the vast horizon as the end of the world. Now, I see it as the beginning of creativity.