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Tecopa... A Quiet Moment

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S: Tecopa. a quiet moment.

BC: Tecopa currently has a population of just 100, yet they are thinking about water conservation, local agriculture and building sustainable power systems. | By Wendy (Pepper) Schuss Contact Ryan at for a desert tour

FC: Tecopa. | a quiet moment.

1: I have been coming to Tecopa, California for about five years now. I first learned about the desert from a partner of mine around 2005. She is and was a Professor at UNR. As an Arid Landscapes Ecologist, she had a wealth of knowledge for each area we visited.. from the rocks, to the lizards, desert tortoise and even the vegetation we saw. We explored Death Valley, Las Vegas and little towns in between.. Bishop, Lone Pine.. We always drove. It was a magical way to see the country. We stopped to look at everything.. even.. and dare I say it, especially the dead things. One year, I was on my way to the Saline Valley Hot Springs, but the road was impassible... and I stopped here. and found serendipity. This is for Jill. Thank you for teaching me.

2: It is a rare joy to share the great love of a landscape with another thoughtful person.

3: The bistro is blue, has seven or eight tables, a mish-mash of furniture, stacks of books and CD’s and a handful of dim lights.. candles. It feels like an old friends home.. especially when there are old friends here. You will be pleasantly surprised by the delicious, fresh fare the chef serves up! Cash only, please.

5: In nearby Death Valley, you can visit this iconic vista. It is one of the many day trips you can make from this hot water escape.. with plenty of opportunity for cinematic photos. "The Racetrack"

7: Dumont Dunes, a short fifteen minutes from Tecopa, is a playground for many different sports. Several times a year, it is packed to capacity with off road vehicles, desert revelry and a swarm of food and merchandise trucks. I prefer the blowing sand and a peaceful dune foray. There is something for everyone.

8: Break me, I am bread. I will be the water for your thirst.

10: There is everything for a rider here.. the roads are smooth, flat and well maintained and everywhere, your eyes may glide over the wide expanse of wild land. Caution must be judiciously exercised when riding in this region.. Plan well, the Desert has claimed many unwary travelers.... and an occasional Chukar.

15: It is easy to tell when something has been neglected in the desert. The sun makes quick work of poor husbandry

17: Only one better thing in the desert than good planning, is a helpful hand. Most of the local color knows this intimately. There are two kinds of people here. Those that need help now and those that don't need help yet. It is a close community. By necessity.

19: Even without the town, the people, the colorful decay... The hot water alone would be reason enough to keep coming back. Wild water in any form is becoming a tale once told. The few of us who seek it out are well rewarded with mindful peace and a restoration that reaches deep into the roots of our soul.

21: I settle into a chair on my camper patio, pull up a warm blanket and close my eyes in the cold night air. I listen to the coyotes yipping a hunt in the black, star speckled emptiness.. the only thing breaking the silence of the desert.. that and some frogs. I drift off.

23: They cannot scare me with their empty spaces Between stars--on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. Robert Frost

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