I’ve done a thorough inspection of your hotel room, and I’m happy to report that I find it in good condition for frapping, but you should be aware that there are no complimentary sticks or squeaky toys to be found.
This key just arrived in our mailbox amongst the regular bills and cut-out coupons. It’s from Room 223 of Westward Ho, which stood where Ace Palm Springs now stands in the mid to late 60s. (HoJo was the middle man in between the two). Some do-gooder dropped it in the mailbox, some 30 odd years late. Thanks, stranger, it’s home now.
The Desert Oracle is the aptly-coined “Voice of the Desert,” a pocket-sized field guide that recalls something of a mix between a FoxFire Book, the Farmer’s Almanac and Weekly World News. Ken Layne, writer, desert enthusiast and brains behind The Oracle, also leads Campfire Stories at our Palm Springs waypost every first Thursday of the month, where he regales eager listeners with tales of desert beasts and ancient legends. Gather round — next one’s September 7. In the meantime, a glimpse into the Desert Oracle’s library.
Five Books In Every Desert Lover’s Library
By DESERT ORACLE
People have been writing about the desert since the days of Abraham, so there are plenty of books on the topic. If you demand great writing with your desert education, start with these five essential books. You can find used editions in many desert towns, or buy them at your local bookseller or national park gift shop.
Arrow and Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes and Four Seasons artistic director Jeff Leatham are married, PEOPLE can exclusively confirm.
Haynes, 29, and Leatham, 46, — who coordinated in white tuxedo jackets and black bow ties — exchanged vows in front of 120 guests at a nighttime ceremony held at a Palm Springs hotel and officiated by their longtime friend Kris Jenner.
“It’s just amazing when you find someone who kind of teaches you to love yourself more,” Haynes tells PEOPLE. “The really great thing about being with Jeff is that since we got together my relationships with my friends have gotten better, my family relationships have gotten better. When you learn to really love someone, it’s completely life-changing. Now we have this beautiful life together and this epic journey ahead.”
“If you can imagine Cher meets a Guns ‘N Roses video and that’s the theme of the wedding,” Leatham, who planned and designed much of the wedding himself, tells PEOPLE. “But more than the flowers and decorations, it’s really about everyone coming together and everyone you love being with in the same room. That was the most important thing for us.”
“The most special day of my life. Thank you @jeffleatham,” he captioned a picture of the two from behind, embracing at sunset with red roses arranged in a heart shape on the ground around them. “We were actually in the clouds…speechless. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you. #LoveWins Never be afraid to love harder.”
“It’s not every day that someone comes into your life & makes you want to be a better man,” he captioned a selfie of the two a few days later. “I feel so blessed to be by your side @jeffleatham #WhatMoviesAreMadeOf.”