The middle of America, the kinda lower middle. Think beef rather than corn. This was the part of our driving journey across America that we didn’t have all that much to look forward to, driving through was simply something that had to be done.
What becomes interesting is when you don’t have any plans or expectations that frees you up to search around, talk to locals and find the things that interest you.
Our journey actually begins, it’s not just an idea anymore. It’s important to set a good tone for a trip, habits developed in the initial stages echo throughout the journey.
We’re getting ready to leave, everything has to be packed and cleaned. The house is about to have some strangers move in and we’ve got to get out.
Like all great journeys the real hard work is before you leave. To get the car ready I built a sleeping platform box for our Honda Element, purchased a Thule rooftop box and an ARB awning, to give us some shade while camping. I had yet to install the entire setup until the night before our departure. Our Chillbillies motto is: be vaguely prepared, man.
Out in the desert near Joshua Tree, if you look from the hills above Landers, you might wonder about the bright white dome out in the flat basin. Short answer: It’s a circular, sonically balanced room where people gather to listen to the quartz bowls, whose sound is a fusion of spinning helicopter blades and whale song.
So here’s the lowdown from Wikipedia:
The Integratron is a structure designed by ufologist and contactee George Van Tassel. Tassel claimed the Integratron was capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel.
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