The planets – With spring come the mighty gas giants (and Mars)

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Without a doubt the most crowd-pleasing objects at the telescope eyepiece are the Moon and the large planets Jupiter and Saturn. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “Oh wow!” and “So cool!” when someone first glimpses one of these objects with their own eyes. The reason is simple: These objects... Read More

Where and how to find Southwestern desert wildflowers

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve been traveling throughout the Mojave and Sonora deserts of Southern California and Arizona this winter and are now excited about seeing the wildflowers that are starting to bloom. The problem is, we don’t know where to look. Can you advise? Thanks. —Rob and Eileen  Hi Rob and Eileen,  As you... Read More

RV Pet Vet: Valley Fever, A Fungus Among Us

Ask the RV Vet With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM YourRVvet@gmail.com If you travel to or live in the American Southwest, you need to be aware of a fungal disease that can affect you, your dog, or your cat. Coccidioidomycosis. Commonly called Valley Fever, after the Central Valley of California where it is endemic, the disease is also found in... Read More

It’s a great time to visit “the Grand Canyon of the Mojave”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Looking for a place that’s off the beaten track, offers amazing desert wildlife views, yet still has a year-round river? Before summer (and the heat) arrives, consider a trip to California’s Afton Canyon. East of Barstow, the Bureau of Land Management oversees an amazing chunk of public land that offers a little bit of... Read More

“To sleep, perchance to dream …” — but not behind the wheel

By Greg Illes (with apologies to Billy Shakespeare) Healthy sleep is one of the most talked-about subjects in many walks of medicine, and with good reason. Good sleep makes for a good life. Sleep – really solid, deep sleep – is the time when the body and mind heal up from the day’s rigors. Sleep time is about the only... Read More