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Digital or Paperback?
Digital books may be easier for you to read because of convenience. But when is the last time you read an actual paperback or hardback book? Allow yourself the pleasure of spending an hour browsing in a bookstore. Notice the different sections instead of gravitating only to your favorite interest. READ MORE »
Halloween bats are not your biggest fear for tonight.
How Can you Hate Halloween Bats?
Bats are night fliers, sure, but they don’t really bite humans, they only come out at night to eat bugs that bug you. Aren’t these cute? In a rescue clinic down in Australia, they place them in little mini-sleeping bags and hang on a clothesline while they grow up. Ah … how cute!!
Bats Get a Bad Reputation
Yes, I did have a friend who freaked out when a bat got stuck in her hair. But she was getting out of a pool at dusk when the bats love to swoop down over water surfaces. They use their radar-like aerial system to fly fast and avoid hitting objects. She got out of the pool just as the bats were arriving to dinner hunting time. They didn’t know she was a dinner guest.
Not a Halloween Bat in sight!
Then in a panic, she swatted at the bat that got tangled in her hair even more. Panic of the other gals screaming while exiting the pool just caused more hysteria. And sure enough, the little scared bat bit her. I won’t go into the details here — but she survived. Although she does avoid pools … at night … in the summer … in the desert.
They weren’t even Halloween bats.
Like I said, your biggest fear should be those smelly, lurking zombies.
What’s up with that?
Most High Desert residents know that Barstow was the home of the first Del Taco restaurant, but what they may not realize is that the very first Del Taco wasn’t in Barstow Proper. The very first Del Taco was founded in Yermo in 1964. This was when Arrowhead trail (also known as U.S. route 91) was the main road to Las Vegas. During that time, Yermo was home to multiple gas stations, motels, and restaurants.
When interstate 15 opened in 1968, the town of Yermo was bypassed and, like many small towns across America, a large number of the businesses which relied on the patronage of travelers closed. The first Del Taco was one of those businesses, but while Del Taco closed, another business rose in its place. On the site of the original Del Taco stands the Burger Den.
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A typo can lead you to Cyber Hackers and danger
Cyber thieves, ransomware, typosquatting– “om” my!
The latest ploy cyber crooks are using to spread ransom-ware and other types of computer malware to provide them with remote access to PCs and Macs or to steal log-in credentials, is to catch you making mistakes. After buying domain names with a missing or misplaced letter in website addresses belonging to well-known companies, they simply wait for you to make a typo. READ MORE »
From Out of the Ashes
If you sat spellbound watching the news as the devastating wildfire raced into the High Desert, you were most likely wondering how any thing could survive.
The good news is that many homes and ranches in the Oak Hills and Phelan areas were spared. And where fire encroached deeper into the neighborhoods, fire fighting units deployed men and equipment to stand fast against the blast furnace-like flames. One critical non-profit business that I wondered about was Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary — their close proximity to the fire and ash.
Ready to Defend, a unit of fire equipment is stationed in the neighborhood.
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A Nice Hide-Away Spot for Breakfast or Lunch
El Tropical sits in a hide-away spot near Nick’s Pizza and Stater Bros in Apple Valley on Bear Valley Road. You may not see it the first time around. Follow the strip of stores beginning with Nick’s and at the end you’ll find the cafe.
You can dine outside like a bistro or head inside to comfortable large booths.
El Tropical Coffee Shop and more
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News around the High Desert can arrive in little gentle gusts of wind or full-blown twisters. In this case, the news about Scenic 247 is subtle and growing in a ground swell of political emotion.
Scenic routes and corridors can be a very good thing for remote locations like Barstow, Lucerne Valley, Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms. They bring attention to natural attributes that desert communities can extol. Getting the politicians to jump on board is exciting.
Scenic 247 offers visitors a vast stretch of pristine vistas
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Guest Post by Beverly Prine
My family and I called Hesperia “home” for twenty-one years, but a little over one year ago we moved to Victorville. I loved our years there, nestled between the Church of the Nazarene and the new soccer fields.
There’s that old saying, “You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone” and it keeps ringing in my head because for twenty-one years I was able to bounce out my front door and reach the California Aqueduct trail in a quick ten-minute walk. Once I hit the Aqueduct trail, I could get lost in my mind and walk, run, or stroll along the waterway.
I always headed toward Main Street and made it a point to touch the chain-link fence before turning around. The route from Maple Aqueduct to Main Street and back was approximately 3 miles. Many times my walk was paused to stop and admire the ducks in the water, or to take in the pink clouds as the sun dropped into the west, or to stop and stretch out the muscles.
An aqueduct runs through it
Once I interrupted my walk to yell at some teenagers who had thought it was a good idea to walk out onto the concrete crossing over the Aqueduct and then jump into the swift-flowing water. They only laughed at me, and thankfully no one drowned. But that was a scary thing for sure, but to the kids, they saw it as funny. READ MORE »
Summer Frozen Recipes by High Desert Food Bloggers
July is the time for summer frozen treats! Popsicles have been “popping” up like crazy in blogs lately. And no wonder. Hot days call for cool refreshments for little kids and
adults big kids. READ MORE »