May 1, 200603:25 PMThe Life
May 1, 2006 - 03:25 PMWhen you think about it, our vast open spaces here in the southwest are the last frontiers for real Desert Rats, people who like to escape from "civilized society" so they can be just as weird as they wanna be.
That's why it makes perfect sense to hold a Retro UFO Space Convention at the Integratron.
Landers, California (epicenter of 1992's 7.3 quake) is only 44 miles from downtown Palm Springs, but it's several galaxies away from our Starbucks-and-manicured-ocotillos-on-every-corner lifestyle.
You just keep driving north on Route 247 out of Yucca Valley until the side streets off Old Woman Springs Road turn into dusty dirt trails. [Click thumbnail photo to enlarge.] As you enter the Mojave Desert's desiccated heart, the street signs become hand-lettered, with names that are often misspelled: Gibralter Road, Andromada Lane, etc.
I took a bunch of photos at last Saturday's convention, and most of the pictures tell interesting stories. As I get time to write them up, I'll post 'em here. Stay tuned.