PASSING THROUGH

When you live inside a wildlife corridor, this happens. One of our lovely guests encountered a wild desert tortoise this morning just outside our unfenced Joshua Tree vacation rental cabin…
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STRUCTURE FOR THE FARM

Yesterday we started construction. The only thing to show for it is this crazy color-coded plan diagram, superimposed over a blurry google map of the farm. Actual progress shots coming soon!

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JUJUBILATION

Drying out some of the jujubes we just harvested from our small orchard—“Sunever Farms”—here in northern Joshua Tree. Sweet!!! More news from Sunever Farms soon — Stephanie has a plan…

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NEW LODGINGS

Local desert tortoises lost many (if not all) of their old burrows in the recent monsoonal flooding, the most intense here in northern Joshua Tree in at least 15 years. We’ve been worried about whether the various tortoises were able to survive. So, I was happy on Sunday at dusktime to come across this freshly dug adult-sized tortoise burrow at our Sunever Farms property. Good work!

 

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SUNDOWN: A CAT CROSSES A FLOODED DESERT…

We had serious flash flooding and severe high winds in our neighborhood last Wednesday. That night, our friend Angela got this photo of her cat during their evening walk…

Ocean in the desert. #monsoonseason

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SUMMER AT THE OASIS

Spent the afternoon under the palms at Oasis of Mara (on the grounds of the 29 Palms Inn). Yes, that’s a houseboat, and a turtle sunning on a log, ha!

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FIGS

We have two fig trees going now — still pretty small, but fruiting. Easy to grow out here, can handle greywater. So, what to do with our fresh fig bumper crop… Maybe roast in cast iron with garlic feta cheese…?

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SUNEVER FARMS BEARS FRUIT

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LAKE FIRE TAKES A TURN TOWARDS PIONEERTOWN

The “Lake Fire” took a turn for the worse yesterday, jumping in acreage (22k acres total now) and decreasing in containment (from 38% to 21%), sending up a massive new plume that we watched develop all afternoon from our home, over 30 miles away.

This photo is from last night. The mass of darkness in this photo is smoke…

Lake Fire, Day 8, sundown in smoke shadow. #JoshuaTree

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As I type this, we’re hearing news that they’ve started evacuating the Rimrock area, and parts (maybe all?) of Pioneertown. We are concerned for our friends there… Very disheartening news, especially after this fire seemed to have been on its way to total containment just 48 hours ago.

More news: The Desert Sun

 

 

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OUT FOR A STROLL

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Above: One of the resident wild desert tortoises dropped by our Joshua Tree Midcentury Prefab Homesteader Cabin this morning. Photo by one of our pleasantly surprised guests.

Be our guest at this cabin, now equipped with air conditioning. Info, booking: Airbnb

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