Vic and I had an out-of-town guest last week, Harold Drabkin from Bangor, Maine. We were friends with Harold back in our graduate school days at Wesleyan University, nearly 40 years ago. We've seen Harold only a couple of times since then. It's amazing to me how we were able to pick up right where we left off like no time had passed at all.
Naturally, Vic took Harold to see the Bolsa Chica. But Harold and I used to belong to the same camera club back in Connecticut. Photography was our common bond, so that's what I did with Harold. I took him to see the desert, which is loaded with great photo ops.
We started with Pioneertown just north of Yucca Valley. Although the buildings look like an Old West town of the 1880s, they're more modern than that. The town was built in the 1940s as a movie set for Westerns. Roy Rogers and the Cisco Kid were among the TV Western stars who filmed there. The town today is a living ghost town, with residents keeping that Old West look by putting out historic artifacts and banning cars on unpaved Mane Street. Yep, that's how they spell Main Street.