I grew up in the desert. So I can speak from experience about the crazy genius that can only come from too much exposure to sun and cactus.
A prime example of this is Cabot's Adobe Pueblo.
Check out the Web site. Read the history of the place. I think you will agree with me.
In the meantime, pictures...
On the I-10 freeway, just before the turnoff to State Highway 62.
From here on the photos are from Cabot's Adobe Pueblo in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
Click on the link above to find out more.
It is an odd place. Sort of the dream of Hearst Castle meets a shack in the desert.
Cabot Yerxa was a genius. Cabot Yerxa maybe was a little crazy.
But Cabot Yerxa had a dream and a vision. And he saw both to fruition.
For that, he is a man to be admired.
I remember coming to this place as a child, my father bringing me here.
I did not appreciate it then the way I appreciate it now.
Just like I did not appreciate my father then the way I appreciate him now. Now that he is gone.
From him I learned that sometimes it is OK to be different. From him I learned to appreciate Monty Python. And from him I learned a little piece of desert history that many people probably drive by everyday without even seeing.
And that those are not bad lessons to learn.
Here's to embracing the crazy genius in us all.