We drove up the hill today to Pinyon Crest to visit our friends Ann and Jeff and their daughter. They took us on an awesome tour….I felt like we got a full history of the area and all the homes. Here we are at the windsock point above Frank Sinatra’s old helipad:
We visited a concrete house that has been a project of another friend’s dad for a number of years. I’d heard about it over and over but had never seen it in person. It blew me away. I felt like I’d stumbled upon the ark or even the set of Mosquito Coast:
This might be one of my favorite houses ever. 16″ poured in place concrete walls. The shape is conducive to being a wind harp but I need to talk to the owner to do a little more research on that. The huge pipe was salvaged from an old ship and will serve as the water heater. The ceiling beams are set upon large industrial looking brackets. The smaller ceiling areas were poured with palm fronds at the bottom leaving a cool effect. (More about the concrete house here)
And there’s Sinatra’s getawat, in the middle of nowhere. It’s for sale if you have $4 million. It includes a heliport.
Boo got to ride in the back of a pickup. The highlight of her day.
We didn’t make it to Shumway Ranch. I’ll have to set aside a day for that soon. Nina and Steve Shumway were one of the last homesteaders in the area (maybe the last). I did find a photo of the Shumways in the September 1939 issue of the Desert Magazine. It took them 5 years to meet the requirements of the government before they got the deed to the property, and first they had to build a three mile road. That sounds like a lot of work. The ranch was given to the Living Desert and now just sits there.
(download the full PDF of the 1939 magazine here)
Trying to soak in as much of the beautiful desert as we can before we leave. It truly is a beautiful place!