Hey everyone, guess what? WINTER IS OVER…and spring is here at last!
Springtime in the desert!
To celebrate the spring equinox, my sister and I are throwing an ecstatic dance party out in the desert with a few friends. We plan to set up an elaborate Bedouin-style camp, with tapestries and cushions and lanterns…then brew some tea and dance like whirling dervishes as the sun goes down for last time this winter, and the first stars of springtime come out in the dark desert sky.
Tea time!
As the night winds down, I’ll pop one of my “magic beans” — or maybe I’ll try out one of the new THCA vape pens just launched at wonderhussygummies.com. I had never heard of THCA, which is said to produce a very chill, mild buzz — so I’m curious to see what kind of effect it has. There are several new products for sale at my gummy shop, so head on over and check ‘em out!
It’s not the end… it’s the beginning!
Anyway, the equinox party is going to be a lot of fun — but after that, it’s time to get back to work. I have a LOT of stuff to get done in the next week or so… because before you know it, it’ll be time to start heading east to watch the solar eclipse!
Time to hit the road!
That’s right — even though it means driving 1500 miles, I’m not missing another dang eclipse! I skipped the one back in 2018 because for some reason, I didn’t think it was going to be such a big deal. So even though I already happened to be up in Idaho, right in the middle of the path of totality… I headed back down to Vegas to catch up on editing, and missed out on the whole thing. 
Of course after the fact, I heard from countless friends how amazing it was… so for years, I’ve been planning something epic for the upcoming 2024 eclipse. At first I thought I’d watch it from the hot spring on the Rio Grande river in Big Bend National Park. I even went down there a few years ago to scout the location, and it seemed like a great spot — only come to find out, that hot spring isn’t directly in the path of totality. So I had to come up with a Plan B.
In Marfa, TX on the way to Big Bend (2019)
Fortunately for me, I happen to have 2 girlfriends named Gina who live in Arkansas, and one of the Ginas has a boat — so we devised a plan to load up the boat with supplies, and head out to an island in the middle of a lake to camp out for a few days and watch the celestial show from there….right smack in the very middle of the path of totality!
With one of the Ginas back in 2019
The eclipse is on April 8th,…and like I said, it’s 1,527 miles to Little Rock, where I’m meeting the Ginas. So I’m going to leave Death Valley on April 1st, to allow myself plenty of time to get there — that way, I can explore a little and shoot a few videos along the way! So now I’m trying to figure out where I should stop, and what I should check out.
Honestly, I wish I had more time to poke around — I could easily take a month or longer just driving across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, stopping at every quirky roadside attraction and out-of-the-way dive bar. But alas, I only have about 6 days to get there, and then about 6 days to get back… because I have another group expedition planned immediately afterward.
I do love roadside attractions!
Which means….I basically have to stick to I-40 the whole way. I know — BORING! But I’ll bet you I find all kinds of interesting stuff along the way, even along the Interstate. 
I’ll set out from Death Valley and head south through Vegas to Kingman, AZ, where I’ll get on I-40 eastbound. Not far into my journey I’ll pass the Meteor Crater, which I’ve always been curious to check out — maybe I’ll finally stop there! Or maybe I’ll keep going to Winslow, AZ and take another photo “Standin’ on the Corner” at the Eagles monument. Maybe I’ll stay in a teepee-shaped room at the world famous Wigwam Motel in Holbrook — but then again, I’ve already done that, too. It’s time for something new!!
At the Wigwam back in 2016
I have some pretty interesting ghost towns pinned on my personal map in New Mexico, so I’ll probably stop and check out at least one or two of those…and then when I get to Texas, I definitely have to stop at the world-famous Cadillac Ranch — and get a steak at the Big Texan! That’s the place that serves a giant 72-ounce steak for FREE — if you can eat the whole thing in one sitting (which I wouldn’t even try to do). 
These are just a very few of the places I have pinned on my map that I want to visit someday — but the sad fact is, I’m just not going to have enough time to hit them all. But one place I definitely plan to stop on my way back is Monument Valley. That’s the iconic red rock desert landscape from the roadrunner cartoons, up in the Four Corners area — and believe it or not, I’ve never been there! But I’ve had a few people tell me I need to go check it out, so I’m going to try to spend at least a couple days there on my way home.
I sure do love my ghost towns!
So…. that’s the monumental task ahead of me: not just packing my car and editing all my videos ahead of time so I don’t have to spend valuable travel time working on them, but figuring out WHERE TO GO! 
If you have any tips or advice for me, please let me know…but in the meantime, I’ll be hunched over my laptop, editing.
There’s treasure everywhere
That is…. after I’m done dancing in the desert, welcoming in the spring.
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