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. ,S, x h' fl €a6, Thsdhly;,M 6,1097 19 Community News For this we get paid The finest adventures often start with a telephone call. Before the first of the year a fellow called from Los Angeles and asked do I take people out in the desert. Naturally I do and explained that I usually work with folks from the enter- tainment industry and we try to find locations for commer- cials, music videos and such. I went on to explain that mine is a very specialized service pany. The fellow on the other end of the wire was named Mark. Mark said he wasn't interested in a regular tour but that he'd been asking around and heard that I know a bit about the desert. I al- lowed as how I might know a thing or two about the desert but mine was a working knowledge and I didn't know the and no way am I a tour com- i a couple of hours with them Friday and checked out some local sites. A visit to Zzyzx was primo. The Desert Studies Center was full of serious students and the manager, Rob Fulton, had time to show us around. My crew was hyper- critical of frivolous educational expenses and were taking a close look at Zzyzx. The center passed with flying colors. Looked like a good investment of educational dollars. After sun down and a spectacular moonrise over Soda .... Dry lake we drove to the In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Doughtery other side of Baker for a bit of an underground tour. Vince passed on that, he has a problem with closed spaces. Good man, no sniv- eling, no complaining, he just stayed outside while we latin name for anything and further more didn't care. Mark kept pushing. He asked what it would take for me to give a tour of the country to him and a couple of friends. I figured to put a quick end to it and told Mark that my rig could only comfortably hold three passengers. I went on to quote him my regular day rate and mileage rate. He didn't even blink. He said he could handle that. One thing led to another. I didn't think anyone could re- ally want to tour the desert in the kind of style I provide. I asked Mark what exactly he wanted to see. He told me he didn't know what to ask for and I should show my desert the way I see it. He did want to see sand dunes as he'd been in the Sahara as a young man. Other than that, just show him the desert. It was starting to sound like Mark might be an OK guy. We set a tentative date and I sort of forgot about the whole thing. Mark didn't forget. Early in February he called and cinched the deal. I told him what motel to stay at and to call when he got in with his friends. A few days later I got a call from a production company and they wanted to hire me for the time I'd promised to Mark and his friends. Ouch. First come first serve. I placed the music video with a friend and prepared for a dull tour of the desert. Mark, Bill and Vince showed up Friday afternoon. I spent went underground for a half hour. Enough of the pre tour fun. We return for dinner at the Mad Greek and an early goodnight as my tour starts well before sunrise. Sunrise at Dumont Dunes. In tight against the mountain and zipping in and out of the shadows gave us five sunrises. Heavy winds had cleaned the dunes and left them virginal. Up and over, around and through, stuffthat scared me, but I wasn't letting on. The CBS camera guy was stuck on the way to the music video location, a word or two about how to do it and he's up and over and into. Sperry wash and twisted rocks of the canyon, Shoshone and the dugouts of Dublin Gulch, a stop at Tecopa hot springs to view the baths, China Ranch. China Ranch stopped us. Brian Brown, the owner, was on duty at the store with his beautiful young daughter Bianca. We spent a fortune and filled up on date milkshakes - made with real hard ice cream. Off again and up into the hills. Tecopa pass, the iron mines, Horse Thief Springs, a talc mine, huge Joshua trees, the back side of the Kingstons, Sandy Valley lost in the high desert haze, we did travel on. Across the freeway, a stop to let the boys look at the map and try to figure out where we've been, and we're offagain. Sunrise Rock, Cima Dome, Mid Hills and a race against the Amargosa Valley Girls be= t Indian Springs The Valley c District meeting is Weckhy Malch 12 at7p.m. And, I think Spring is close by, flowers are blooming and the trees are bud- ding! Editor's Note: An indepth report on the volate Community M=gm the Amargosa VaUey ap- pears somewhere dse hHhis edition. I am not going to mp on the town board meet- rls won, the boys didn't. Their big tournament in ing as I have a feeling there is information about it Tonopah is March 7 and 8. Let's wish them luck! dse DAREGradua- change the time The month meetings votetoholdtwo in this board paper.[ land dida C Around For Call with more (702) Andrea Amargosa information: 372-5459 tion March is 1 TuesdaY,1 at 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. Next g is Thursday, March 13 at6pan. Congratulations to the boys high school basket- ballteam! Not only is Beatty champions for football, but now they are also baskal:dl champions. The  middle Sct'ol played lrdian Springs. The • Motorola Cellular Phone .ith Battery & Charge, • Activation • Programming • Local Calls All Day Sunday to Las Vegas Numbers 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 Trail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees Free Cactus Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. 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