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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 16, 1997 23 Open Tuesday- Friday 7:30  4:3[ Saturday 7:30 till 2pm 1 In search of other dunes "Honey, are you awake?" As I speak these gentle words, my wife springs awake as though to the sound of drum and trumpet. . Assuring me that she is indeed wide awake and that I didn't waken her, my beloved Shirley asks what I might have in mind at 5:30 in the morning on her day offfrom the store. I protest that I have nothing in mind, but that seeing as how the sun will be rising within the hour and it looks to be a nice day, perhaps she'd like to go for a little drive. Although beloved Shirley may not always trust me, she does have a finely honed sense of adventure. Shirley reaches for her robe, walks to the closet and asks, "city or country?" While pulling on my stiffnew boots I explain that I've been wanting to see the Imperial Sand Dunes at Glamis for a long time and that now would be a great time to do it, especially if she would come with. Shirley looks at me somewhat askancelcan guess what she'sthinking. "Dumont, t h e Ibex, Stove pipe, Amargosa, Kelso, Rasor, and now we need Size. In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Doughtery Aha! Highway 78. This I remember. This is the road to Glamis. We stop for a subway sandwich in Brawley and the adventure continues. Wide open super desolate country. Wind- ing worn out black top road. Glad this is the middle of the week, I'd hate to spend a weekend on this road. Up ahead, I believe that's sand. I believe that's whole bunches of sand. This may be all the sand in the world. This is the Imperial Dunes. A BLM sign points the way to the Cahuilla Ranger Station, closed of course. We follow the road down into the dunes and it's paved quite a ways. A few folks are camping, but it's not too crowded being the middle of the week. Notice that unlike Dumont, there are trash cans and out houses, necessary I sup- pose. We stop back at the ranger place and I check the posted .i maps. I'm beginning to catch difference of the Imperial Dunes more dunes." First stop is at the general store to pick up coffee and check the big map. (I'm too cheap to own a good map of California - Topographic yes, Highway, no). Very interesting. According to the big wall mounted map, I just about can't get there from here. Glantis is shrouded in mystery somewhere south of Palm Springs. There may be a simple route to Glamis, but this map is keeping it secret. The journey begins and we flee down the interstate pursued by the rising sun. Barstow, Lucern, Landers and a short side trip to see where I used to live. Yucca Valley, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, the towns roll by and I start scratching my head trying to figure out where to go next. If the clocks change, I'm too far east and in Arizona. If the street signs read in Spanish, I'm too far south and in Mexico. We turn off of Highway 10 and follow a two lane road that takes us to a whole bunch of places I wish we had time to explore. The Salton Sea surrounded by wide green flat agricultural lands. Date groves, herds of sheep, freshly planted fields that look as neat and fresh as the produce section of the market. Small communities along the shore, winding side roads that beg to be explored, this is turning out to be a fine trip. Wish we had more than a day. The Imperial Dunes stretch forty miles south to the Mexican border and keep right on going. I'm starting to appreciate the attraction. You can ride all day at Glamis and never see the same country twice. There are apparently sand roads running the length of the dunes and large areas of access down on Interstate 8. I would expect that Yuma proved a lot of the facilities for dune use. There sure isn't much at Glamis. Stop in Glamis. One store that has everything and a dune buggy shop. My kind of town. Speak with a young couple on bikes out of Huntington Beach. We swap a few tales. I speak of the Dumont Dunes, but softly. I don't want the whole world coming up here. Nice folks. Very much into the large crowd of major holidays. No doubt much fun, but not quite my cup of tea. The day fades and with even more questions than when we started, we head back to Baker. We have been warned that there are two Highway 95s, one in California and one in Arizona. The Arizona route is highly recommended. We naturally follow the California route. Oh, my. Beautiful country along the Colorado River, but one narrow twisty road. With traffic, this could be no fun at all. We keep right on a'ekking and the traffic is light. Farms all around. Interesting signs pointing to places named Havasu and Parker. If only we had a few more days. We lose the sun at Needles and turn west on Interstate 40. The A lot happening in Amargosa o The school kids did very well in their performances Saturday of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. Hopefully this will be a regular thing now! Anyone interested in jumping out of an airplane in February can contact Aj Lynn at 372-5614. interested in learning more about the Ag in the Classroom program call 4-H office in Pahrump. The Quality Assurance Program at the Pork Institute is developing to make sure the meat you get is of good quality. Anyone interested in joining the Pork Association give LaVonne Selbach a call at 372- 15200 or 372-5355 ticketsTherearerafflelfor tan-[  Around Amargosa ]SuperSeniorSaturday dem jump.[ [ . with Andrea ]lookstobeagoodtime! They are $5]  For More Information: ]Spaghetti will be each or 3 forl Call (702) 372-5459 Iserved from 4 - 6 p.m. $10. You can also buy these from Aj or at the followed by a baked goods auction A pie town office, throwing contest will wrap everything up! Spa- LaVonne Selbach attended the Nevada ghetti dinner is $3 for adults and $1.50 for Pork Association meeting in Fallen. Anyone children. Come support your Senior Center. Cactus Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants-- Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clariet Teddy Bear, Beaver Tail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ Pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees FREE CdlkCI'UI Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. Over 4,000 Desert P ants n Stock!!! OPEN: 9am - 5pm Daily, Sun. 10-5pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy. 159) (702) 875-1968 Fax (702)875-1913 o,a, Kelbaker turn off takes us over the Granite Pass into Kelso and on home to Baker. A truly grand trip. Put 577 miles on the Isuzu, didn't know it could go that far and not go into 4 wheel drive. Mileage was a comfortable 20 mpg. Total cost of the trip, including fuel, $75. Now we've seen the Imperial Dunes. Main question an- swered: If asked to go there to work, how much time and distance is involved and would I do it? Answer, for a whole lot of money, maybe. It would be a day down and the same back towing a buggy. That might just take the fun out of it. But as a nice one day holiday drive with Beloved Bride, it couldn't have been better. ."ewo.'q.'ql qua...lm% ;-gero.lpLo-qm,.e.q..I "Paint your home |or the Holidays" #418 Super Hide Flat wall $10.15 gal. #597 Semi-gloss Enamel $12.50 gal. #71 Exterior 100% Acrylic $13.25 K HWKI Radio From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered! For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. If you're traveling the vast distances of Central Nevada's desert terrain you still can't miss us! 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