A collection of recollections of days gone by
Many people have encouraged me to write a book about my adventures in the early days of Saline Valley. I have been reluctant to do so for a variety of reasons, but recently folks have renewed their encouragement and I going to tackle the challenge.
Here is the plan:
I do not want to write a book. Too large a project; too confined a perspective. What I will do is begin to write a series of blogs on the early days of Saline Valley that I foresee compiling into a collection in PDF format. I will make that available online at no required cost. This will hopefully yield an organic work that can grow and be modified as time passes. I would like to name this collection: The Saline Chronicles.
I want to encourage people who have suggestions, corrections, clarifications to leave comments on the blogs as is provided on the web site. These may yield modifications to an original transcript, and those offering suggestions that yield changes will be credited. If you have your own stories of Saline Valley and a desire to share, please contact me and I will compile a volume under the name: Saline Noir, giving all contributors all due credit.
Those are my thoughts for now. Please join me in this ongoing effort to preserve the cultural landscape and historical perspective, tales and legends of our favored corner of the world: Saline Valley
Chapters to date:
Introduction and finding my way: (published 2/11/2018) A recount of finding myself in a new place called Saline Valley. This chapter also includes some discussions of the Bunker Hill mill site and the beekeepers of McElvoy Canyon.
The Bermuda Grass Triangle: (published 2/28/2018) Saline Valley has been the site of several strange disappearances and mysteries which have led to false rumors over the years. Having been involved in several of the investigations, I seek to clarify truth from fiction.
What Makes Saline Valley So Special? (published 3/12/2018) Saline Valley is a unique corner of the Basin & Range province of the Mojave Desert, both geologically, and geographically as well as historically. There is more to Saline Valley than meets the eye of the casual visitor.
Geochemical Analysis of the Warm Springs: (published 3/23/2018) While I lived at the Saline Valley Warm Springs, two of the most commonly asked questions were: “Is the water drinkable?” and “Where does the water come from?”