Something shifted in me today. I started to think of The Desert Lily as home. And I started to look forward to going back to it at night rather than staying out to ramble.
One of my goals for this trip is to find a way to live outside of drinking and hanging out at bars. That's all I seem to do in NYC. So, aside from Friday night when I went to Pappy & Harriet's to see a band and happened to drink while I was there, I've done everything I can to distract myself from my New York City ways of living. So far in my first week in Joshua Tree, that has meant travelling far away - the Salton Sea, Mojave Preserve, even Palm Springs (which is an hour away) - to see new things, be inspired, seek enlightenment. But today when I was looking for a winery in Rancho Mirage and realized it was in the mall, I wondered why I rambled at all? Why not stick around the Morongo Basin, which seems to have a lot of the same things I seek while I'm in New York:
- a good cup of coffee (Water Canyon)
- a great old timer's diner (Route 62)
- a starry sky (guided by the Andromeda Astronomical Society)
- a great bottle of wine (La Cereza's Girlfriends available at Stater Bros grocery store!)
- a downhome roadhouse with good BBQ and margaritas (Pappy & Harriet's)
- a couple good radio stations for me to sing along to (and actually hear new music!)
What else do I need? Well, I'm still looking for a few things: a swimming pool, a single and age-appropriate guy, and a decent cell phone signal. And although I'm lonely, I'm certainly making progress and meeting lots of interesting people. If only I could talk to them more than once...
I think it's good for me to go out and explore if it's an easy driving distance from here. But for now, I'm going to be happy coming home to the Joshua Tree Highlands, for as long as they'll leave the light on for me...