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Route 66 Road Trip Food and Shopping in Hesperia, CA

The next time you take a road trip on I-15 between LA and Las Vegas, try out the Outpost Cafe by the Pilot Travel Center in Hesperia. Outpost Cafe advertises “good grub” and no kidding! Great breakfasts, salads, and hamburgers – great big portions, too. Incidentally, this cafe is on the recommended list of places to eat at the Cooking on the Truck website.

Next door to the cafe is a fun shop, Highway 66 Trading Co. Feel at home at this shop with friendly service! If you’re looking for Route 66 and

Highway 66 Trading Co. Owners Lois Trenberth and Gene Chomowycz

Friendly Service at Highway 66 Trading Co. and Route 66 DOT Medical

vintage automotive collectibles, garage art, or man cave items, this is the place to visit. Looking for cool jackets? They’ve got those, too.

shop for cool jackets at Highway 66 Trading Co. in Hesperia, CA

Jacket Shopping at Highway 66 Trading Co.

Truckers can also go to the Highway 66 Trading Co to find a new service — Route 66 DOT Medical for DOT physicals and drug screening. This office serves as a convenient stop to help truckers with their medical evaluations. The address is 8685 Highway 395 Unit B, Oak Hills, CA 92344, and the contact number is (909) 360-1808.

 

How To Seduce Script Readers to Love Your Script

Those who wish to be a screenwriter know that it’s tough to break into the industry. Half the battle is writing the script, the other is getting past the gatekeepers known as studio readers…

Wannabe screen writers had an evening session with Robert Flaxman on video hosted at Hesperia Library by High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club (HDCWC). The Wednesday event gave insights to the mysteries of screen writing and how to best develop a well-structured script that will get seen by script readers.

The hour-long video, an excerpt of a series of writing seminars offered through Creative Screenwriting.com, pointed out some of the typical problems that even experienced and professional screenwriters make.

“It’s tricky. It’s a balancing act to get enough dialogue with scene details. You only give a reader what “they” are doing ( the exposition) and what “they” are saying (the dialogue). Anymore than that and the reader might get confused. If the script reader gets confused then it won’t go much further,” says Flaxman to a live audience in his seminar.

This #1 rated free screening of the session — “Seducing The Studio Reader” — made some of the mystique fall away. With 15 in attendance, viewers found the insights to scriptwriting well worth the time. The HDCWC hosts occasional events at Hesperia Library and holds its general membership meetings on second Saturdays of the month from 10am-noon at Apple Valley Library on Dale Evans Parkway. Next meeting is January 10th. Guests are welcome.

 

Rusty LaGrange

Desert Cottage Joins Autumn Basket Give-Away

 

Grace and elegance are the best words to describe The Desert Cottage, a home repurposed into a fashion plate for vintage and antique pieces. It was such a pleasure walking slowly through what seemed like endless shops in one. Each room and cozy niche was tastefully decorated in vintage style with different themes. With 20 vendors, the mix is a true adventure.

A little bit camera shy, Yvonne and Anna, share a silly moment while showing the holiday decor

A little bit camera shy, Yvonne and Anna, share a silly moment while showing the holiday decor

 

Too many wonderful things… so little time. I think that’s my motto.

 

Anna at Desert Cottage

Anna at Desert Cottage

The Desert Cottage has also joined High Desert Blogging’s “Autumn Blog Basket Give-Away.” Their donor basket is filling fast with yummy foods, collectibles, and more, added daily. The drawing is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th at noon. A winner will be drawn from those who have signed in at the shop. Stop by and enter. There’s no charge, no tickets. It’s just the way that High Desert Blogging is giving back to High Desert  communities for their support these past three years.

Flower Arrangements by Yvonne

Flower Arrangements by Yvonne

 

For your visit there, be sure to talk to Anna, the owner and her long-time friend, Yvonne. They love to greet new visitors and cater to the many requests they receive from hunters looking for gifts and collections. Yvonne specializes in flower arrangements while Anna has a creative eye for vintage goodies. Her creations are placed throughout the main section. Christmas décor is beginning to fill in, so most vendors will have something for everybody.

 

The Desert Cottage can be found on Facebook and Instagram with latest sale items listed. Their hours are 10-5 daily with Sundays and Mondays closed, located at 15451 Bear Valley Rd near 11th Street, (760) 948-7225.

 

Running and Walking in the High Desert, California

Submitted by Guest Blogger Beverly Prine

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5K, Hesperia, CA

5K, Hesperia, CA – 9/11 Remembrance Run on the Hills of Ranchero, Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. Taken at the corner of Danbury Ave and Ranchero Road.

 

 

As a resident of the High Desert for over twenty years, I often enjoy taking long walks along the California Aqueduct Trail. During the summer months, early morning is the best time to walk the Aqueduct, aka “AD.” Walking with someone is ideal, just in case of trouble. The “Buddy-System” we learned in kindergarten applies to walkers and runner of all ages.

Since June of this year, I have started running, which is not any faster than my walking pace, but it works a different muscle-group than walking. Running with a buddy, or two or three, is even better than walking with a buddy. I got the chance to meet some running-buddies at the Ranchero Underpass Opening Ceremony on June 29th, 2013. At first I was intimidated when I was approached by an extremely fit young woman who introduced me to her group called “Mom’s Run This Town,” also known as MRTT. This individual was an experienced marathon runner (that’s 26 miles) and invited me to look up her group on Facebook.

I joined the Facebook group, “High Desert, CA Moms RUN This Town,” but a few more weeks passed before I actually made the commitment to meet up at a running event. This first event I attended was a run around Malibu Park and surrounding area on a Saturday morning. It was a nice surprise to see a familiar face, and meet six new people. One of the new friends I met runs at my pace, and we quickly became running buddies. I am so glad to have found someone who is like me, a beginner, and who is working at increasing miles and pace. Some in the group took off fast and ran the five miles in record time. Others ran and walked and finished before Mar and I, who brought up the rear of the group.

Not long after, Mar and I met many from the first run at the Maple AD trail, and I was glad to have company on “my” home-trail. The almost-five miles from Maple to Main Street on the trail of the aqueduct was very pleasant, as we watched ducks and ducklings in the water, and heard a coyote cry in the distance.

Mar and I have been running together three times a week for the past two months, and we are enjoying our progress. There are days when I need her encouragement to get going, and there are other days when she needs me to push her. This morning, for instance, we ran my favorite trail, which is the Ranchero Underpass. We start at Ranchero Road and 7th Avenue, and run east toward Danbury Avenue. On the return from Danbury back to 7th, I was about to quit and give up, but she was at my side, giving me words of encouragement to keep going.

At the beginning of each run at five-thirty in the morning, before the rooster crows, we love to look up at the stars and constellations still visible before sunrise. During the time of the Super-Moon last week, we marveled at its beauty, as we chased the setting of the moon on the return run, from Danbury back to 7th. The bonus about this running route is the trains that pass us overhead as we run. The Hesperia Airport is nearby, and sometimes we watch helicopters and airplanes land and take-off.

The highlight of September was running with MRTT at the Hesperia Days 5K, and Mar and I both improved our time, coming in at thirty-five minutes and thirty-eight minutes, respectively. I am no longer intimidated by others who are faster. The whole point of running is to get off the couch and get outside, exercise and get moving. The bonus is meeting new friends who encourage and inspire each other, not only in running but also in life in general. This quote from George Sheehan at Runner’s World sums it up:  “It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”

 

 

Hesperia Days Brings Humanitarian Projects to Light

In the celebration of Hesperia’s 25th Year as a City, a colorful assortment of vendors filled the Hesperia Lakes and Park Saturday and Sunday. Food vendors and carnival games entertained the large number of young families with children. If you strolled through the entire Park, you would have seen many small businesses shoulder-to-shoulder with non-profit and humanitarian groups.

One that caught my eye was the Wagon Wheel Ranch Foundation. These folks are working to bring awareness to children who are challenged by not being fully aware of their environment. With training at the ranch, the organization enhances the children’s ability to understand and work with nature. They are combating a condition called Nature Deficit Disorder.

Wagon Wheel horse 1

Help children learn how they can work in their environment

Children join a horse camp there and learn not only to ride, but care for the animals and accomplish tasks as a team. They  have numerous activities that help strengthen their goal to interact with their environment and their community.

In keeping with these activities, Wagon Wheel Ranch is hosting a special event — Hands, Hearts & Horses — with animal chiropractor Dr. Rod Block. Block is a famous chiropractor to the animal stars and human celebrities of Hollywood. With 42 years of experience, he is offering class time with those who wish to understand animals, their energy, and how to understand them better.

 Ever wanted to figure out the emotional and psychological components of your horse? Here’s a chance to do that. A portion of proceeds from this one-day clinic will go to the Wagon Wheel Ranch Foundation to help them develop their programs. The date is this Saturday, Sept. 28th beginning at 9 am. Entry fee is $10 with additional fees for specific elements of the clinic. Call for clinic reservations if you wish to bring your horse for a session, too.

Opportunity Drawings will be held all day, and food

Child & Horse Therapy at Wagon Wheel Ranch

Child & Horse Therapy at Wagon Wheel Ranch

 is available from Triple S Concessions. Call for directions to Wagon Wheel Ranch 760-389-2002, or email to wagonhelranch7@msn.com, or go on line to www.wagonwheelranchfoundation.net. The ranch is 3 miles south of Hesperia airport at 5676 Telephone Canyon Rd.

 

 

 

 

Rusty LaGrange

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September 21-22, 2013 Hesperia Days Event in the High Desert

 

On Your Mark...

On Your Mark…

 

Hesperia Days kicked off this gorgeous cool morning with the 5K Run/Walk/Skate. You can’t beat this kind of weather for a morning workout. Amazing turnout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The skaters got a head start with runners next and walkers following.

GO!

GO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A terrific representation of families and people of all ages. It’s a great way to promote health and fitness and family fun in the High Desert. Look at the strollers. Even family dogs joined in on the fun. Gotta keep the pets fit, too.

And there they go!

And there they go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit for a 5K!

Fit for a 5K!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in training for a 5K run? Commit to a regular training program similar to what John and Karen have done, a husband and wife team (Karen, on the right in above photo and husband John in the middle, pose with their friend from St. Joseph Health, St. Mary in Apple Valley.) John and Karen commit to a regimen of cardio workouts, walking, running, and biking. They will participate in The Apple Valley Reverse Triathlon on September 28th.

Willard, a member of the High Desert Branch of the CA Writers Club

Willard, a member of the High Desert Branch of the CA Writers Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willard is a member of HDCWC, the writers club that meets at the Apple Valley Library every second Saturday monthly.

Visit HDCWC.com to find out how you, too, can learn to write and publish a book. HDCWC is hosting a writers conference in the High Desert in October.

I am Liquid!

Had to borrow this from my private blog page, but thought you all might get a laugh out of it.  It is all about my new purpose in life: becoming a cat! All my best thoughts come after a lovely High desert stroll.

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LOOKING FOR A JOB

If you’ve ever had to look for employment, or if you are looking now, times have changed. I’m a little too old because I remember how it was done in the past. When you wanted to look for a job, you got out the newspaper, looked in the want ads for employment, circled the ones that applied to you, got in your car and drove to the destination to put in an application. If you got lucky, or made friends with the secretary you might just get an interview on the spot.

Well, it’s a whole different ball game today. Today, you can’t just waltz into an establishment and fill out an application. Today it’s all about the computer. Look up a job online with a keyword, an establishment, or an agency such as Monster or Indeed.com.

Some of the plus sides of online submission is that you can apply for as many jobs as you can sit through in one day. I mean sit through, because many application processes are lengthy, more than an hour of psychological questions asked the same way, over and over.

I see the downside of today’s application process as being very sterile. There is no interaction between humans during this process. You will receive an e mail that they have your application. Who has your application? Where does the application go? How long will it be before you get a response? These are all very valid questions.

All I can say about this new way of job hunting is apply for as many jobs you can apply for, every day! Happy job search.

SUNDAY JOY

Today is Sunday. Most Sundays you might find grumbling that work is the next day but not this Sunday. This is a Sunday filled with joy and happiness and reminders that joy is a gift that is given to us freely and we ought to enjoy it. As of late I’ve seen grumbling before me and I’m reminded of the saying my mother says still today, “Get glad in the same pants you got mad in.” In other words no one really cares what you are mad about.

Today was a day full of peace in my high desert world. I got to spend time with great people. I got to spend time with my mother and sister. I got to enjoy another beautiful blue skied day in the desert. Fluffy white clouds dotted the horizon and made the sky look like an inviting pillow. There was a calm over the desert. Even though the weather is hot, it’s not as hot as it was yesterday or the day before.

What more can a person ask for, blue skies, good people to mingle with and an assurance of the Sunday Joy that surrounds the day. Tomorrow is a work day, but if I look around I will find joy in that day too. No one, no one person in this world can take joy from our hearts. Joy is a feeling and even in the midst of a crises, joy can be found.

Thank you for a great ending to a fourth of July weekend. Thank you for joy in our hearts.

LIGHTS OVER THE DESERT

Hey high desert dwellers, the light show goes on over Adelanto tonight. As I sit here writing this blog I can hear the boom, boom, boom of the fireworks lighting the sky. As I watched what was going on at Maverick Stadium from the gas station nearby, several thoughts came to mind. First of all why are people lighting fireworks in the gas station parking lot, next to gasoline tanks?  No wonder some police officers came by to let people know that it may not be a good idea to light fireworks in the gas station parking lot.

For many years I worked in the emergency room of a hospital, and every year on fourth of July there are so many accidents that require emergency treatment, it’s phenomenal. I suppose that people do not always think with the logical side of their brain when they are celebrating the fourth of July.

As we go into the weekend I want to think about more than the fireworks. I want to remember first the first people in America who fought for our country and it’s continued freedom. I remember my father who fought for his country in “World War II”. My uncles and other family members who also fought to keep us free. I remember, young men I knew in High School who fought in Vietnam to rid the world of communism. Most of the ones I went to school with didn’t come home.

Now my grandson-in-law is in the Army. In a few months he may be deployed, destiny unknown. Young men still go to the army, to the navy, the air force and many other avenues of the service, to keep our country free. If you know someone who is serving their country, write them a letter, let them know how much you appreciate them.

Every fourth of July brings a new set of fireworks in the sky, new memories but while we are making our memories let us reminisce about the past and how we have the freedom to enjoy.

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