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Traveling Solo

Uploaded: Mar 27, 2022

Hello Food Partiers! from the Southern California desert. Sorry to miss the discussion last week, (please remember The Food Party! is an insult-free blog) but I’ve been lost in the non-connected world of the Joshua Tree National Park.

- notice the Joshua Tree blooming in this shot - first time since 2019

- when the flowers fully open, native Americans use the blooms like lettuce

We’ve had good weather, not too hot or cold, but the desert is always a harsh environment. 75 degrees seems to feel like 90, as reflection off pink rocks and white sand hit your body at every angle. And as they say around here, the desert is trying to kill you.

Pre and post-Joshua Tree Park found me traveling solo, and inspired to start a new Food Party! sub-series titled…well, the same. Traveling Solo will offer ideas and motivation (recipes and restaurants) for many I know are out there. You want to travel more, but have hesitation to do it alone. Finding a good traveling partner is tough, but we aren’t getting any younger. Seeing the world with folks is wonderful fun, but group travel shields experiences with a familiarity safety bubble. Traveling solo submerges you into worlds anew. We could wait forever wasting adventure, or damn hesitation and stroll solo.

But how? There are tips and tricks. Age gives us a chance to figure things out, and I’ve realized I’m really good traveling solo. I manage to see a lot and learn lots, seek out wild adventures, get good exercise, not get bored, cook delicious and easy to assemble meals, stay safe, and save money to boot.

So next time well start our exploration solo / together, heading to the Salton Sea area of Southern CA, with a side camp trip around Palm Springs.

Courageous Travelers - until then.

Sent from my iPad
Sorry for typos

Photos by LSIC

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Jim Farmsworth, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Mar 28, 2022 at 9:32 am

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Very dangerous to be hiking or camping out in the wilds alone as anything can happen.

Cell phone coverage is oftentimes weak or non-existent and lone sociopaths will often prey on unaccompanied women.

Hopefully you are fully registered and adequately skilled to carry a firearm as rattlesnakes often disguise themselves as people.

Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors.

Posted by Betsy Long, a resident of another community,
on Mar 28, 2022 at 10:01 am

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> lone sociopaths will often prey on unaccompanied women.

This can occur anywhere including the inner cities, suburbs, and at social gatherings where people are somewhat acquainted with one another.

The desert can be especially dangerous because of its remoteness and natural allure to roving vagabond types like Charles Manson.

Posted by Kerry Robertson, a resident of Stanford,
on Mar 28, 2022 at 11:17 am

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Since your blog is food themed, have you tried any of the native plants?

When we hiked through the Sonora desert in Mexico, our guide showed us various edible indigenous plants, one of which was a cactus that peyote comes from.

We earned how to leach the peyote buttons which are quite bitter and nauseous and incorporate them into a drink with Ocean Spray cranberry juice.

We now serve this mind invigorating all-natural and non-alcoholic beverage at our deck parties in Woodside but warn guests that they will be perceiving imageries they never thought possible.

Posted by Barry Weiss, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Mar 28, 2022 at 11:47 am

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"Since your blog is food themed, "

The food courts at the various desert-based Indian casinos can be quite good providing you don't order the seafood.

You chose the right time for a desert trek as it can get quite hot during the summer months.

As for the Manson experience, a visit to Barstow will fulfill those anticipations as there are many transients living in decrepit motorhomes and RVs scattered about the region.

Posted by Donnie Walters, a resident of another community,
on Mar 28, 2022 at 11:57 am

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"In the desert you can remember your name
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain."

^ Except for some rattlers and spiders.

Posted by Kirk Roberts, a resident of another community,
on Mar 28, 2022 at 4:55 pm

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Did you have an opportunity to pass through Twentynine Palms?

It is gradually becoming a modern city and has many of the fast food restaurants that one can patronize in the SF Bay Area

We moved there from Redwood City after filing for bankruptcy.

Here is a pic of our current home.
Web Link

Real estate dollars go a lot further compared to the midpeninsula.

Posted by Dirk Lewellen, a resident of Barron Park,
on Mar 29, 2022 at 3:58 pm

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'Desert Solitaire' by Edward Abbey is an interesting non-fiction work about the inherent mysteries of the American desert.

Other deserts around the world (e.g. the Sahara in Africa and the Gobi in Mongolia) lack a certain allure as does the Arab desert except for those primarily interested in joining the French Foreign Legion, digging prehistoric fossils, or riding a camel.

Posted by Laci Wilcox, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive,
on Mar 30, 2022 at 8:07 am

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@Here is a pic of our current home.

That would be a $2M+ house in Palo Alto.

Posted by Jason Tang, a resident of Stanford,
on Mar 31, 2022 at 2:58 pm

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The desert has a very spiritual vibe which might explain why so many Native Americans chose to live there.

Sedona AZ is another noteworthy and spiritual desert site that white developers exploited for the tourism trade.

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