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An Eclectic Mind



Web site and blog for Maria Langer, freelance writer and commercial helicopter pilot.



Last Build Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:50:08 +0000

 



Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: RTR from the Air

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:50:08 +0000

I’m still in Quartzsite — I’ll be here for two more weeks — and I kept hearing about something called RTR. I knew that it was a gathering of RVers out in the desert east of Quartzsite, and I had … Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: The Blythe Intaglios

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:36:46 +0000

Out in the desert north of Blythe, CA, not far from the Colorado River, ancient native people cleared away the dark colored rock on the surface of flat plateaus to reveal the light colored gravel beneath it. In doing this, … Continue reading



Another New Hobby: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:00:37 +0000

As if I didn't have enough hobbies to keep me out of trouble. This is a great way to keep busy when I'm required to stay put -- while giving me an outlet for creativity. Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018: Reader’s Oasis Books

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:00:59 +0000

A visit to one of the "must see" destinations in Quartzsite. I return to a bookstore I visited once about 20 years ago. Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: More Aerial Views of Quartzsite

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 19:37:28 +0000

I know this is getting monotonous, but I’m kind of stuck here now. Someone who lives here asked if I was going to sell posters or postcards of Quartzsite from the air. This was a very popular item in past … Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: Dawn at Tyson Wells

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:45:36 +0000

As discussed in the previous post, I’m currently camped out at the Tyson Wells Rock and Gem Show in Quartzsite, AZ. This morning dawned perfectly clear and calm — a typical desert morning. I sent my Mavic up to take … Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018: At Tyson Wells Rock and Gem Show

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 04:00:17 +0000

A quick aerial video and an explanation of what I'm doing here. Slumming it with the rock people. Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: Camping at the Holtville Hot Spring LTVA

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:15:19 +0000

The Holtsville Hot Spring in Southern California is a BLM — that’s Bureau of Land Management — managed property just off of I-8 east of Holtville. The property features a maintained hot spring with two soaking tubs and a hot … Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: Holtville Hot Spring

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 02:02:38 +0000

My friend Janet and I arrived at the Holtville Hot Spring this afternoon just in time to get a nice shot of the lagoon. We’ll go for a soak in the tubs in the morning. Janet will head back to … Continue reading



Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: Campfire-Baked Yams

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:33:59 +0000

I’ve been camping out with a friend along the Colorado River backwaters on the Arizona/California border for the past two weeks and we have had a campfire every night. The other evening, on a whim, I decided to try cooking … Continue reading