This morning (Friday) we begin the two days of travel to Pioneertown, California with very heavy hearts, but more on that in a minute.
Pioneertown is almost like a second home. This tiny Mojave Desert community is actually a former western movie set built in 1946 and used in various old time movies stared in by the likes of Gene Autry. Today the buildings are actually in use like the one pictured that is an actual Post Office. Pioneertown is about an hour from Palm Springs has also been the base of our Lower 48 travels, and I actually have numerous wildlife photos grace the covers of magazines that were captured from right within the city limits, most recently was Your Big Backyard. We have found it to be a convenient place to store our RV as the nearby Palm Springs airport is easy to fly in and out of, and the area is located near I-8 and I-15, making it easy to move on the Nevada, Arizona, Utah etc. in case we aren’t photographing in California. But the real reason we use this as our base is because Janine’s Dad and Step Mom live there and have made our travels to and from wonderful and enjoyable experience over the years. Janine’s dad has ridden motorcycles on every back-road from Colorado to California and always has tons of great advice on places to see – really, he always had great advice on everything, I have always valued my time spent with him. He treated me like one of his own kids – well actually, maybe even better.
This gets me back to the heavy heart. Unfortunately Janine’s dad, Doug Nelson passed away unexpectedly this week. It is a huge shock, and has us deeply saddened. Obviously our travel plans are now up in the air – but I do know over the next week or so, what phone and internet access we do have will be used to keep up on business, so I anticipate little if any activity on the blog next week. I will sure miss you Doug!