In 2009 we were stationed in 29 Palms, CA while Daniel attended school for his new MOS (position?). I absolutely hated it while I was there but now that I look back on it it wasn't so bad. Okay, maybe it was. I don't know. 29 Palms is in the middle of nowhere and nothing. It's probably named 29 Palms because that's the only thing they found when they got there. And they were probably just seeing things in the desert heat. On the other hand, it's quaint. and retro. a hipster paradise- although i think it might be the only place the hipsters haven't infiltrated yet. Instead, it's almost completely filled with Marines & their families. And desert yetties. But that's a story for a different day.
Today I'm remembering the time we drove to Amboy in the middle of the night on a whim. Our friends from L.A. were visiting and we were just hanging at my house, having a few drinks (except for Daniel, he's straightedge). We must have been talking about ghosts or something because all of a sudden we thought it would be a great idea to drive to Amboy, a ghost town about an hour or so from 29 Palms.
On the drive there I felt like I was on Mars. The mountains were barren and rocky and looked red in the full(ish?) moon. Every now and then we'd pass a random house, just out in the middle of the nowhere. I don't think I saw The Hills Have Eyes before I went there or I wouldn't have been able to handle it.
So here's what we were anticipating- we heard that Amboy is the hometown of Charles Manson. I just finished googling it to verify and discovered that it's not his hometown at all. Rather, his hometown is Amboy, New Jersey or something like that. But when we were there, we thought it was. It definitely upped the creepy-factor.
The town also has this random Volcanic crater made of cinder and ash. Everything around is just sand and rocks and here's this black crater in the middle of nowhere. It has a tree that hundreds of people have thrown their shoes on. It has an empty hotel that once was a busy stop on the famous Route 66. I think the only business that still operates is a gas station that you see in a bunch of movies. And there is somewhere around 4 people that call it home. It's gotta be one of the most unique places I've ever been.
We didn't really get many pictures during our night trip because it was extremely dark. There is literally no light pollution. But below are some pictures we took when we drove through a few months later on a road trip to Vegas.