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High Desert Areas of the United States

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There are four main high desert areas (at least 2,000 feet above sea level) of the United States. Bloggers who publish posts on High Desert Blogging generally write about the Victor Valley vicinity of San Bernardino County in Southern California (So Cal).

One of the topics of this blog is high desert gardening. If you have learned the tricks to growing a successful garden in So Cal’s dry, hot, and windy summers, high desert gardeners from any of the four high deserts (listed below) of the U.S. can benefit from your garden tips.

4 Most Popular High Deserts of the U. S.

  • High Desert in California (mostly Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County)
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Oregon (central & eastern)
  • Colorado Plateau

The more populated high desert California areas are in Los Angeles County cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, San Bernardino County cities of Victor Valley (Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville), and Barstow. Other high desert cities include Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bend, Burns, Lakeview, and Prineville in Oregon.

Interests such as the following commonalities can be found in most or all of these high deserts:

  1. Old and/or historic touristic area of town
  2. Coffee shops
  3. Cafes & cuisine
  4. Vintage shopping
  5. High desert gardening
  6. Art & culture
  7. Writer events
  8. Wagon trail history
  9. Surrounding mountains

Old and/or historic touristic area of town

Albuquerque, Oregon, and California high deserts offer a wide variety of things to do and places for tourists to visit. Old town and historic shopping venues are available in each of these high desert areas. Albuquerque has its Old Town, Victorville Old Town is known for its National Old Trails Highway, Route 66, and Bend, Oregon has the Old Mills District.

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Rowena Point Columbia Gorge, By johninportland

Tour the Old Mills District in Bend on a Segway. High Desert Museum has high reviews, so include it in your list of places to see. Learn more about Oregon’s things to do in the high desert at TravelOregon.com.

Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque Old Town

Albuquerque’s Old Town Adobe Historic Church

Old Town Albuquerque has the best little coffee shop, Velvet Coffeehouse with specialty coffee and tea and the best berry scone ever.

Albuquerque Old Town Coffee

Velvet Coffeehouse, Albuquerque Old Town

Coffee in Old Town Albuquerque

Velvet Coffeehouse, Old Town Albuquerque

A short distance from Velvet’s is Wild Hare Studio.

Albuquerque Shopping

Wild Hare Studio Art, Albuquerque

Art Studio, Albuquerque Old Town

Wild Hare Art, Albuquerque Old Town

Another shop worth visiting is the Old Town Basket & Rug Shop with a large collection of Southwestern home decor. Take time to tour the church built in 1793, San Felipe de Neri Parish.

Victorville’s Route 66

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

See the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, shop at Santa Fe Trading Company for Southwestern home decor. If you like vintage shopping, it’s worthwhile to travel down Route 66 to Oro Grande.

antique shopping at Antique Station, Oro Grande, CA

Antique Station vintage shopping, Oro Grande, CA

Albuquerque, Oregon, and California high deserts’ are packed with Southwest, wagon trail, and Route 66 history for the writer. In fact, there are several writers’ events held annually in each of these areas including conferences, contests, retreats, and workshops.

Interested in guest blogging about your high desert? Contact us at hdblogging@gmail.com

 

Surviving a Day at a Car Dealership

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Home Based Business Part 1

As I look around and listen one thing has become distinctly clear.  The change in the job market is affecting millions.  One recent report would state that the rate in  fulltime employment has seen a rugged drop, meanwhile the rate in part time employment made a tremendous climb.  As nurse who has been working as an on-call status–yet working fulltime hours over a year now–I get the implications.  It really is simple: why buy the cow when you get the milk for free.  I rely on my wages to support my household, and nothing short of a fulltime paycheck will do.  However, when the employer chooses to cut the fat, or drink low fat milk from their free cow, I feel strangled and run into  frenzied panic.  I do not get benefits nor do I get accumulated paid time off, so a loss in twelve hours is a complete loss.  I won’t  get into my political views about the entire thing as I am not a political commentator, more of a satirist when it comes to government.  But there is a definite change on the horizon and I realized that relying on some corporation’s budget left me as more of a pawn in a financial game of Risk.

When the world around me is intent on finding their bottom line and peaking the profit scale at the expense of expendable employees, I realized it was time to reevaluate my strategy for survival.  Now, I have a fire escape strategy in place at home, I have a burglary strategy, I have a stranger-danger plan, I’m working on becoming on a Ninja for my own safety net, and my zombie apocalypse plan is multi-tiered.  What I am lacking is an economic plan for survival. Sure I’ve acquired some savings, but only enough to get me a few loaves of bread.  What I needed was something that I would be in control of during these times of economic flux.  I needed to be my own boss and take charge of my own destiny, and believe me, this isn’t the first time the thought has hit me.  I am definitely not built to be a link on someone else’s chain and thusly decided it was time to make my own chain, but I didn’t know how or where to look and knew that trying to start my own business was a bad idea in the current market and in the small desert communities.

This left one option: home based business! Yikes. I’ve tried that one before and lost more than I made, plus I really needed something I could stand behind.  And low and behold, like a beacon of light, my friend asks me to try her body wrap thingy. As a nurse I was skeptical and would say no or just ignore it all together.  Then she said she was trying to get a bonus and needed some people to try her wraps, and trying to be a supportive friend, I said I’d try her confounded concoction.  Guess what? That little piece of paper that smelled like the spa really did work, and within a month I was now part of one of the fastest growing home based business companies in the states. Why? Because it was a product I believed in.  I believed in it so much that I showed everybody my before and after pictures, and I have never been so excited to show my stretchmarks, cellulite, and large belly . . . until I could show after pics with it.  Selling something you love is easy and I found that within a month I had already hit several bonuses and was well on my way to being able to put money away for a rainy day (ie, cut backs at the hospital) or to pay for publication of my next book.

In this day and age when people are so starved for income that they will take a part-time position working fulltime hours with no benefits or paid time off, I say this: I know how it feels.  I also know this, that many people are now turning to home based businesses, because with the proper motivation even a shy and quiet person can become a home business success.   I never though this was true, and being somehwat of a numbers and research nerd, I read a million (or a dozen) articles before committing to this business and I learned oh so much.  Too much for one blog, so I’ll write a part two on how to shop around for the business that suits you best, what to look for, and the pyramid scams versus the pyramid to financial independence.  The first part of picking a home based business is this: sell for money or sell for love a product? It really helps if you can have both, but if selling for big profit you must research the payouts.  If selling to make some pocket cash then make sure this is something you love,because the more you love the product the easier it is to sell.  Make a list of popular products you know and do a little research, know your start up budget, but do not invest just yet. There is more to know.

If you’d like to know more about the company I am working for feel free to contact me via email at hdsurfgirl@hotmail.com or set up an appointment by phone at 909-896-2494 or visit my website at TightenAndToneTheWorld.MyItWorks.com (my indep. site). And please have a look at my books which is still my biggest passion in life  BeStillNovel.com

Tania L Ramos, RN, Author, and on the road to independent wealth in the high desert

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Improv Comedy in Victorville of the High Desert

Guest Blogging Post by Andrew Block, Darwin’s A-Team in Victorville, CA

Hey there! It’s been another week and another exciting improv class at the High Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville. The last couple of weeks we’ve been using and studying the guidelines in “The Truth in Comedy” to provide the class a sort of path to the light, a book used by many great comedic actors as a guide to their own brands of comedic entertainment. The future success of this path is yet to be determined, but so far is definitely opening the doors of progress and a more organized, steady learning process.
As for the class itself, I’d like to thank and welcome all those newcomers that have come to the classes and decided to stay. Your presence is always welcome and we hope that it is as much fun for you as it is for us. Those of you reading this and wonder what the heck it is I’m talking about are certainly free to come and check us out at the High Desert Center for the Arts on 8th Street in Victorville, California.
For our small fan-base (we know you’re out there!) and those who are more interested in our shows, we have a show coming up on the 31st of March at 7:30pm at, you guessed it, the High Desert Center for the Arts. Hope to see you at our classes or at least at one of our shows!
For more information on Improv Classes or our shows, visit our website, http://darwinsateam.com, or our Facebook page, Darwin’s A-Team.

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

The signs along the roadway invited you to “Get Your Kicks
On Route 66“ and even though the signs are gone…well… you can still find the retro
signs for sale in High Desert vintage shops and museums along the 2,248 miles
of history.

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

http://califrt66museum.org/

 

The Mother Road, as it is also called, was built when travelers first packed up their Packards
and went gallivanting across the wide-open country. Most of the original miles
were dirt. Eventually, as motorists wanted roadways that gave them a more
comfortable tour, it was completely paved from Santa Monica, California to
Chicago, Illinois in 1937.

 

In the 1950s, families reconnecting after WWII were eager to
hit the road again. This time in convertibles and the newfangled travel
trailer. Life was good. Though not everyone owned trailers. But to keep motorists happy, motor hotels sprang up along the route…. hence the name “Motel”.

 

With travelers and their children, they got hungry, so more
rest stops and restaurants provided an amazing variety of menus for their
starving numbers. Many of these services and amusements along Route 66 are gone
but if you check out websites like http://www.historic66.com/
  you’ll get the feel for finding it the way it was… wind in your face at a slower pace.

 

And, if we follow the snappy Route 66 song written by Bobby Troup,
you’ll be purchasing a road guide for Route 66 at a museum in San Bernardino,
Victorville or Barstow, and retracing the famous pavement across the southwest
states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, then up into the
Nation’s “Breadbasket” of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.

 

And here’s the lyrics:

 

If you ever plan to motor west,

travel my way, take the highway that’s the best.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to LA,

more than two thousand miles all the way.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

Now you go through Saint Looey

Joplin, Missouri,

and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.

You see Amarillo,

Gallup, New Mexico,

Flagstaff, Arizona.

Don’t forget Winona,

Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

Won’t you get hip to this timely tip:

when you make that California trip

Get your kicks on Route 66.

 

 

The California Route 66 Museum is located on D Street, between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, in the heart of Old Town Victorville, CA.

Rusty LaGrange

 

 

Shop Vintage on Route 66 at The Chic Boutique Recommended by High Desert Blogging

The Chic Boutique Vintage Shop in the High Desert's Old Town Victorville

Love vintage? Add The Chic Boutique on your vintage shopping list for your day trip to Route 66 in Old Town Victorville of So Cal. It’s filled with antiques, handcrafted furniture, and vintage accessories. Displayed in the storefront window is the gorgeous tree made out of coffee filters personally handcrafted by owner Mechelle.

Coffee Filter Tree at The Chic Boutique

The Chic Boutique has pretty book page roses available. You can even make your own. Sign up for one of Mechelle’s classes. This month’s class feature is the book page rose. The class only costs $25.00 and is offered for a limited time. There’s also limited seating, so hurry and sign up today.

Currently, this shop has very unique antique bedroom dresser and table set. The nightstand or table (first row, third photo; second row, first photo) has a door that opens to a little divided section (first row, fourth photo). According to owner Mechelle’s expertise on furniture, this unique antique set is very old. However old it is, I do know that it’s the most unique and beautiful set I’ve ever seen.

Also displayed in the photo collage below is the handcrafted mantle and fireplace beauty and the lovely baby buggy. A doll lover would have the feeling of walking into doll heaven with those precious antique dolls (second row, second photo).

This photo collage and other pictures you see here cover only a few of the wonderful treasures in The Chic Boutique. You’ll have to stop in to see the pretties there. Tell them you heard about them at High Desert Blogging.

The Chic Boutique, Victorville, CA

For more information on classes, contact Mechelle at The Chic Boutique Antiques, Vintage & Shabby Chic, 15492 7th St., Victorville, CA 92395, (760) 508-3173 or visit her Facebook page.

Thank you for visiting High Desert Blogging to see what’s new at The Chic Boutique.

 

 

A Santa Fe Decor Tour in Old Town Victorville with High Desert Blogging

Santa Fe Trading Company Reptile Water Pots

Tour the Santa Fe Trading Company in Old Town Victorville.

Santa Fe Trading Company Slide Show Tour

The main store seems small when you enter, but don’t let that fool you. You’ll walk through another room that seems to go on and on. Plan plenty of time for browsing. This is just the first part of the tour. Browsing through this fascinating Old World shop reminds me of driving through Bryce Canyon in Utah. You discover new beauty with every turn.

Stroll through the outer courtyard of sundials. Listen to the gentle sounds of running water from the Santa Fe style fountains. Admire the amazing cacti. Cactus plants are available in small, medium, large, and extra large pots. When you exit the courtyard, don’t miss Santa Fe Trading Company’s little historical building – the one where the first soft-serve ice cream was made in Victorville back in the day. Step inside to see petting cactus plants that you can actually feel without getting stuck.

If you call ahead, you might be able to go on an Old Town Victorville tour with Santa Fe Steve himself.  Consider adding vintage shops to your visit in Old Town Victorville. One delightful shop, The Chic Boutique, is only a couple of doors down from Santa Fe Trading Company. Old Town Victorville makes an enjoyable day for the Route 66 enthusiast and vintage admirer.  Follow them at Facebook to keep track of their upcoming events and new items.

So Cal Victorville Old Town Day Trip Recommended by High Desert Blogging

Old Town Victorville in So Cal offers interesting history and fun shopping. Museum enthusiasts will enjoy California Route 66 Museum. Southwestern and rustic home decorators will love the Old World accessories and furniture at the Santa Fe Trading Company located in the old town of Victorville, CA. A couple doors down from Santa fe Trading is the Chic Boutique where you’ll find antiques, vintage and Shabby Chic lovelies.

Santa Fe Trading Ice Cream History

Santa Fe Trading Company, Victorville, CA

Learn more about Victorville’s old-town history at this delightful shop. The Santa Fe Trading Company building used to be a service station back in the day and made Victorville’s first soft-serve ice cream! The ice cream was made in the little room behind the purple door shown in the photo. Old-town tours are provided by Santa Fe owner Steve.

Unique rustic Old World accessories are available at Santa Fe Trading Company. Especially interesting are the unique displays of handcrafted oil-drum steel art made by artisans in Haiti. The art includes crosses, hearts, candle wall sconces, butterflies, and other designs. Old World accessories available at Santa Fe Trading Company’s include colorful items such as the lovely rooster and custom-made adobe-crafted shelf.

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Butterfly

Santa Fe Steel Cross from Haiti

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Art

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Art

Santa Fe Trading Custom Accessories

Santa Fe Trading Rooster

For more information on ordering the oil-drum steel Haitian handcrafted art, call Santa Fe Trading Company (760) 962-1290. Hours: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm daily.

Coming soon: Santa Fe Trading Company Lamp Display and Old Town Victorville article on Shabby Chic antiques and vintage treasures

Join a Free Blog Meetup in the High Desert

High Desert Bloggers Meetup, Bodacious Bundts, Hesperia, CA

Network for free when you attend a Meetup with High Desert Bloggers. This group meets to discuss blogging topics such as network with bloggers, get answers for blogging questions, learn about increasing blog traffic and make money blogging. This opportunity is made available for bloggers, whether they blog for money or for hobby.

Where? Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, and other High Desert cities and communities. We meet at coffee shops, bakeries, or facilities equipped with Wi-Fi, electrical outlets for laptops, and available seating for a group. Join us at Meetup.com. Enjoy networking and connecting  with other bloggers in your area.

Entrepreneurs, grow your business through blogging and networking with other bloggers in the High Desert. Meet like-minded bloggers who, like you, want to get the word out to the High Desert about a unique service or product available. The High Desert Bloggers meet at various places in the High Desert – and it doesn’t cost you a thing (except coffee or pastry you purchase for yourself perhaps).

 

Day Trip to High Desert’s Historic Route 66 Vintage Shopping in Victorville

Want to go on a vintage shopping day trip on Route 66 in the High Desert? Choose from the following vintage shops, or take a two-day trip to shop at all of them.

Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures

(760) 484-6300

19222 National Trails Hwy.

Oro Grande, CA

See Map

Antique Station

(760) 951-2421

19176 National Trails Hwy

Oro Grande, CA

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Ready for a lunch break?

Try Maxwell’s just down the road from Linda Marie’s and Antique Station. They have the best and biggest sandwiches and salads. Like large portions? You’ll love this place – and it’s delicious to boot!

Maxwell’s  Burgers Fresh Salads

17772 Wika Rd.

Apple Valley, California

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I’ve heard or read reviews about these next four vintage shops but have not visited them yet. However, they are not far from Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures and Antique Station. You never know what treasure you might find, so at least check them out. If you go and like it, come back and leave a comment.

Joyce Hickman’s Antiques

760-951-0165

15626 6th St
Victorville, CA 92395

See Map

Traditional Treasures

(760) 955-7002

15593 7th St Victorville, CA

See Map

Treasure Trove

(760) 955-7912

15591 7th St

Victorville, CA

See Map

Eve’s Attic

760-962-9472

15589 Seventh St

Victorville, CA 92395

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If you like rustic or hacienda style decor, you will absolutely LOVE Santa Fe Trading Company. It’s not vintage, but it’s classy.

Santa Fe Trading Company

(760) 962-1290

15464 Seventh Street

Victorville, CA

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This is another place you’ll want to browse for awhile.

Find Your P’s & Q’s Antiques Gifts & Collectibles

(760) 951-2262

15080 7th Street Ste 11

Victorville CA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khmUV2yw2E4

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Now for another of my favorites…it’s not in Victorville or on Route 66. It’s in Hesperia, but if you’re only in the High Desert for one vintage shopping day and you don’t stop in this lovely place, you missed out.

Carriage House Antiques

(760) 948-5577

11370 Hesperia Rd

Hesperia, CA

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Ready for Dinner yet? These two places are not far from Carriage House Antiques. Check out the hours for The Italian Kitchen, or call them before you go. Their hours vary. If you’d rather have a hamburger, try In-N-Out – my favorite hamburger.

The Italian Kitchen

(760) 244-7757

16409 Yucca Street
 
Hesperia, CA
 

In-N-Out

(800) 786-1000

17069 Bear Valley Rd.

Hesperia, CA 92345-1845

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