January 23, 2017

How Nowhere Attracts Artists to East Jesus

How Nowhere Attracts Artists to East Jesus

Today, your GPS or smartphone might just lead you to the middle of nowhere – East Jesus. This artist’s colony is a couple of dusty miles away from Slab City, a squatters’ settlement that feels like an Imperial Valley desert metropolis once you reach this commune, literally at the end of the road. (more…)

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December 5, 2016

Far from Reality Slab City and Salvation Mountain

Far from Reality Slab City and Salvation Mountain

As Nutmeg stood in front of a crayon-coloured mound of dirt, clay and straw she thought what would Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (Gaudi) have thought of this? The “summit” of Salvation Mountain stands almost 45-feet high, a mass that is easily recognisable in the otherwise pancake-flat California desert. (more…)

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November 30, 2015

Old School Cars Cruising El Paseo

Old School Cars Cruising El Paseo

It is not often that Nutmeg revisits a post, but who can resist rumbling engines and polished cars? (more…)

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September 28, 2015

Pappy and Harriet’s Rocks Pioneertown

Pappy and Harriet’s Rocks Pioneertown

Fault lines, droughts and dust storms are the realities of the California desert where nothing can be too permanent or too real. Pioneertown may look like a Wild West frontier town from gold rush days, but it in reality it was created in 1946 for western-themed Hollywood movies. Complete with facades of banks, jails, saloons and stables this veneer of a town was the stage set for over 50 movies through the end of the 1950s. (more…)

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September 14, 2015

The West Coast Coffee Trail on U.S. Route 101

The West Coast Coffee Trail on U.S. Route 101

Coffee and audio books are the only way to fuel a seven-day journey in a small car. G&N joined U.S. Route 101 on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and “Where is the best place to go for coffee?” became the recurrent question of their road trip. (more…)

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April 13, 2015

Walking Through Palm Springs History

Walking Through Palm Springs History

Sombreros, sunshine and margaritas were the fuel for a series of historical walking tours in Palm Springs. Kathryn Leonard and her husband were visiting friends in and the Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende five years ago when the idea for historic walks sprouted in her head. Kathryn is a retired schoolteacher with enough energy to challenge the energizer bunny. An avid tennis player and skier she may have finished with her professional career, but she is certainly not prepared to be idle. Kathryn told Nutmeg that during a walking tour in San Miguel de Allende she thought that the concept would work well in Palm Springs. (more…)

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