Armed with thirst-quenching libations, we navigate the natural path through the barbed bushes and spiky yuccas. A sign warns of the possible presence of venomous snakes and I hope we are all making enough noise to ensure any lurking reptiles keep their distance.
Being married to a former Marine has it's challenges. Being married to a former major, in my opinion can have a few added challenges. When my husband left the Marine Corps, he also left behind the responsibilities, title and in a lot of ways the respect he had worked his entire career to obtain.
For the Netroots Nation convention, the most notable thing was that two Democratic candidates for president showed up, and three did not. Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley were both on hand to court Lefties, but I had to wonder where Hillary Clinton was.
Michael Douglas stars in and produces the new action film Beyond the Reach. It's a cat-and-mouse thriller where Douglas plays a wealthy corporate shark who turns on his young guide in the Mojave Desert.
Cycling in the Mojave is not for the feint-hearted. And it's not just the heat and boredom. As I pedaled into Palm Springs two days earlier, the challenge was wind and for several hours it was a dangerous menace.
The sheer ridiculousness of it all -- the fact that you pick up a key that unlocks the cover to the pool from a museum in LA, are only then given the secret coordinates, drive three hours into the desert and must be back 24 hours later -- excited anyone I knew who had heard about it.
When the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail was envisioned in the 1930s, it was to traverse the highest points along the West Coast's mountainous spine between Mexico and Canada, revealing the majestic vistas and extraordinary natural riches that characterize the West.
This was Colonel William Gale, a former top aide of General Douglas McArthur. Gale later became better known as the Reverend William Gale of the Christian Identity faith, which later moved to Hayden Lake, Idaho, and was run by a Gale protege, The Reverend Butler.
Blueprint Earth is an organization with lofty ambitions. Their goal is to take snapshots of various environments around the globe with the intention of recreating them in artificial surroundings, like a warehouse - eventually perhaps, the moon.
"I always want people to put issues like this in context. In talking about something like avian mortality, we must ask -- how many birds are killed every year because of office buildings and residential houses in the U.S. compared to how many are killed by energy projects?"
If there were no adverse consequences of this kind of water mining, and if all that mattered was money, then perhaps using up this stock of water and turning it into a private good would make sense -- at least to the project owners.