Capricorn Rising / by Emily Alben

Joshua Tree with Rob in January. Driving to the Dollar Joint Ranch before it gets dark in the desert, listening to retellings of the Manson Family. Stopping for date shakes, the windmills signaling the half way point between here and there. Bluegrass and ribs at Pappy and Harriets. Relaxing with wine and bad tv. 

Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for breakfast, instant coffee with too many grinds to drink. Driving out to Giant Rock, but its too crowded to feel like we're on Mars like before. Investigating caves and climbing the sparkling Quartz Mountain. Collecting crystal mementos. 

Back to Yucca Valley for vintage and taking photos of old signs always and everywhere. A new store with a $200 hat and sweet dog. Checking out sun worn bowling alleys. Then heading back, with the traditional tiki stop in Palm Springs. The windmills flashing red against the blue night.