Hiking In Magnesia Falls Canyon to a Cahuilla Indian Village Site

DESERT WORD WALK – by Ruth Nolan The desert is traversed by many mountain ranges, some of them long, some short, some low, and some rising upward ten thousand feet. They are always circling you with a ragged horizon, dark-hued, bare-faced, barren—just as truly desert as the sands which were washed down from them.—John C. […]

DESERT WORD WALK A literal and literary journey through California’s desert and some of its finest writers and writings

“Void of life, it never is, however dry the air and villainous the soil.” —Mary Austin, from The Land of Little Rain, 1903 It’s 4:00 p.m. on a July afternoon. It’s 117 degrees. I back my car out of the garage of my Palm Desert home, turn the air conditioner up as high as it […]

A Literal and Literary Journey through the California’s Mojave Desert

“Void of life, it never is, however dry the air and villainous the soil.” – Mary Austin, from The Land of Little Rain, 1903 It’s 4:00 pm on a July afternoon. It’s 117 degrees. I back my car out of the garage of my Palm Desert home, turn the air conditioner up as high as it will […]

Desert Word Walk

Hello, and welcome to Desert Word Walk! My name is Ruth Nolan. I am a poet, writer, and professor of English at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, and I’m also editor of Heyday’s exciting anthology of California’s desert literature, No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts, published in November, 2009. I was born […]