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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 14, 1997 23 From the land of other' dunes In the middle days of August, the silent sandy senti- nels of the Dumont Dunes stand in heat shocked silence at the south end of Death Valley. Summer temperatures reach well into the 120s and little life is found on the solar scorched sands of the summer dunes. However, there are other dunes. On our holiday to the Pacific Northwest, we have found the dunes of Oregon, stretching along the Pacific coast in central and southern Oregon, these mighty and lofty dunes are a cool and welcome sanctuary from the sun blasted dunes of the southern deserts. Cool ocean breezes, lofty green pines and fir trees, even a gentler ildlife mark these dunes as unique and welcoming to we travellers from the southern deserts of California. As is our custom, we checked into an inexpensive motel on the waterfront of Winchester Bay. Vacation is a time of suspended chores, so while Shirley slept through the productive morning hours, I set out to find a laundromat and catch up on the weekly wash. A laundromat was found in Winchester Bay right on Highway 101. But next door to the laundry, right next door, there be dune buggies and ATV's (those little four wheel motorcycles). This is going to be a fine and inter- esting wash day. I pile the laundry into a machine, jam in a handful of quarters, and walk next door to see what I can see. Two beautiful dune buggies are parked in front of a small store front and a whole trailer full of new Polaris ATVs sit out front. Inside is jam packed with children accompanied by smiling parents with cash in hand. The lady behind the counter, named Linda, seems to have it all under control and is taking money, handing out liability release forms, and explaining safety rules to the smiling crowd. There seems to be some organization to the mill- ing crowd and as I watch, the trailer load of ATVs pulls away followed by happy families in a collection of pickup trucks and station wagons. Soon the dune buggy is loaded on a trailer and it too leaves followed closely by a very happy father and two sons. The store front is emlty and deserted and I intro- duce myself to Linda and we start to converse about things sandy. I return to my abandoned laundry and put enough quarters in the dryer to dry the Panama Canal and return to my conversation with Linda. Linda explains that she and her husband Cal have been in the dune buggy business for several years. Like many in Oregon, Cal had originally made his living from the In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty I forests. When environmental I concerns closed the woods, I  I Cal turned his hand to trying [ to make a dollar from the tour- ists who travel the Oregon coast. Cal had been enjoying recreational dune buggying for years and it seemed the most natural thing to try to make a living doing what he liked to do. Cal and Linda seem to be doing well. I talked it over with Shirley and we decided to ask some Oregon friends to'join us and have Cal take us for a ride through the Oregon Dunes. Money? It isn't free, but if you hook your buggy behind your motorhome in Los Angeles and drive to Dumont and back, you'll have spent more for gasoline than we spent for an exciting and pleasant ride through the dunes of Oregon. Cal loaded us into his big six place buggy. He made sure the safety belts were secure and off we went. Natu- rally there was the thrilling rush up and over the dunes. There was sand in the teeth and wind in the hair. This we expected. But oh my, are these dunes different. At l la.m. the temperature in August was still 70 degrees. We roared to the highest dunes and parked under shading pine trees. We saw the track of deer across the rippled sand. We saw small clear ponds of water in the hollows of the dunes, and always present, we were able to see and hear the blue Pacific Ocean. In the early part of the OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Around Amargosa with Andrea banana split. Thanks to everyone who came in support of the senior center. All you kids playing sports make sure you get your free physical at the clinic. Make your appointment during the weeks of Aug. 18 and 25. After this, the physicals will not be free. The clinic's phone number is 372-5432. Don't forget! by Andrea Lynn Lots of volunteers last week. Antonio Hernandez trimmed tree at the cemetery. He does this every year and it is greatly appreciated.The Amargosa Christian Fel- lowship Youth Group-pulled weeds at the park, which was a big help. Thanks to everyone! If you didn't make it to the Ice Cream Sundae you missed out on a great i Oriental f Futons Furniture Gifts A Beautiful... 1997 Oriental Calendar!! & a Letter Opened! To get your flee. 1997 calendar & Oriental Letter Opener, just make a purchase. &i present this gift coupon!! Hurry upii First| come first served, no rain checks, please!! | el! MANDARIN IMPORTS 2167 N. Decatur 702-646-1818 I year folks can actually watch migrating whales from the high costal dunes. The experience was totally grand. All to soon the time was at hand to return to the parking areas at the base of dunes. But for these simple desert folks who know only of desert dunes, it was a wonderful and inspiring experience to view the dunes of Oregon from the seat of the comfortable buggy owned by our brand new Oregon friends, Cal and Linda Hamlet. We are on vacation as I write this. So we'll close for now, and I'll go join Shirley in doing whatever it is she has found to do on the beach. 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