Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Deep Desert Denouement

We aimed our rigs toward a cluster of dying towns, south of Ridgecrest, CA, resolved to stay the night in one of them and get the story. We rolled into Randsburg in the late afternoon with no place to stay.

Randy relishes these challenges so we set the stopwatch and sent him on a charm offensive. It took him all of 5 minutes to get us invited to the private ghost town estate of Jack and Goldie Jackson. That's Jack on the right with Cowboy Bob.

Living people in dying towns tend to be extreme individualists and often super-gracious.

So we settled in just above town and toured on foot. Diana went off to photograph things. When she's proud of them, she puts them on Flickr. Randy interviews folks.

Can you imagine opera in a dusty desert town?

Randy engages Jeanne, a local artist. Some of her work dangle behind her.

A puzzler for both of us. What is a spizzerinctum?

Another of the old small towns in the area, Red Mountain, did not seem nearly as friendly. We're guessing Marge is the ex-wife!


Anonymous Mal Gilbey said...

I get just the greatest kicks, sitting here in Perth, Western Australia, firing up Google Earth and searching out places like Randsburgh,CA to determine where you guys are tonight.


1:39 AM  
Anonymous Mark Tolerico said...

Spizzerinctum means ambition, I guess you haven't taken English in a while :) What it has to do with Land and/or Cattle... beats me.

4:41 AM  
Anonymous roamingbarbara said...

What I want to know is what the heck is a private ghost town estate - only invited ghosts? What does one do with it? Got a good laugh out of the signs.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Desert Diva said...

n. energy, vigor, or vitality. Also spizerinktum, spizzerinktum, spizzerinctum, spizarinctum, pizzeringtum, spizzer inktum, etc.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Corrie Clay said...

I've never heard spizzerinctum either, I'll ask Brian if he's ever heard it used before. How do you guys find such interesting things every where you go? -Corrie

9:23 AM  

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