YoHo, good to hear from you. You and others have probably been wondering where I've been. Under the knife for the most part. Three different surgeries that I'd rather not talk about. While recovering my son-in-law gave me a blog and I created BarstowRick.com, Model Railroad How-To's. For some reason and I haven't been told, the server hi-jacked the blog or web-site and it's down and out of business unless it can be retrieved by Word Press. I'm with you. I think someone deliberately started with a bon-fire send off for me that clearly got out of hand. Up here in the Treasure Valley bon-fires are all the rage. As far as a Hi-desert. After living in Barstow, 29 Palms, Yucca Valley and Victorville. I know the difference between a Desert and a Fertile Valley. This is hardly anything close to a desert. It may have appeared like one when settlers interrupted things for the natives here but this has the very wet Snake River. With what appears to be running water all year long. Not hardly a typical desert when compared to the Mighty Mojave River. Even the Natives here learned how to use the river for irrigation and most likely taught the new tenants how-to. Some homeland security we had back then.