twentynine palm

A love story

The sun bleeds out across the sky, its light diffusing across the sand and over the twisted bodies of the Joshua Trees. There’s a coolness in the air; the passive touch of a desert winter. A car pulls up at an almost empty hotel, dispensing 3 Australians before the expanse of the land. So this was Twenty-nine Palms. A road trip through the Mojave and the fleeting day-warmth leaves stomachs empty, but even more so, hearts. Hearts, longing to continue drinking in something beautiful, something comforting; to continue being lulled by sheer experience. And they were not disappointed, for down the bare road lay a true treasure, a bastion of culinary culture and the ultimate classy dining experience: Dennys. And that is the story of how an Australian girl met America. 

They do make a good burger though

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U.S. Army Special Forces snipers, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Operational Detachment-A and U.S. Air Force joint terminal attack controllers, assigned to the 284th Air Support Operation Squadron, guide AH1 Cobra attack helicopters, assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing conducting a close air support mission during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 16, 2016.

Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey

A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft hovers over the desert before departing from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms
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Joshua Tree 2012 by Jonathan Hunt

anonymous asked:

What are some of your favourite disturbing/depressing movies?

Keep in mind that many of these movies could count as both depressing and disturbing, but I’m categorizing them based on how I felt once they were over!

Disturbing:

In a Glass Cage, Pi, Salo, Irreversible, Elephant, Benny’s Video, Miss Violence, Catch Me Daddy, Man Bites Dog, Martyrs, Fat Girl, Zero Killed, I Stand Alone, I Spit on Your Grave, Gummo, The Snowtown Murders, Red White and Blue, Baxter, Der Todesking, Deadgirl, Compliance, Bully, Pig, The Bunny Game, A Serbian Film, Inside, Funny Games, Nekromantik, August Underground Trilogy, Audition, The Human Centipede Trilogy, 90 Minutter, Stoic, The Killer Inside Me, Dead Man’s Shoes, Twentynine Palms, Schramm, Angst, Ken Park, Baise-Moi, The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, Stoker, The Girl Next Door, Eden Lake, Under the Skin, Cannibal Holocaust, Blue Velvet, Dog Pound, High Tension, Antichrist, Subconscious Cruelty, Happiness, A Clockwork Orange, Frontiers, Hard Candy, Red State, Excision, Hostel, The Devil’s Rejects, Megan is Missing, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Aftermath, Se7en, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Last House on the Left, An American Crime, Fish Tank, Kidnapped, and Kids.

Depressing:

 The Road, Into the Wild, Sleepers, The Place Beyond the Pines, American History X, Sling Blade, Requiem For a Dream, Titanic, A Single Man, Dogville, Blue Valentine, White Oleander, The Virgin Suicides, Melancholia, In Her Skin, Klass, Twilight Portrait, Code Blue, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Love Eternal, Victoria, The Duke of Burgundy, The Piano Teacher, The Fountain, Amour Fou, Black Metal Veins, Love, Przypadek, The Seventh Seal, Enter the Void, Naked, Synecdoche New York, Clean Shaven, Romeo & Juliet, Paha Maa, Suicide Room, The Sunset Limited, The Pursuit of Happyness, Leviathan, Come and See, Boys Don’t Cry, Dancer in the Dark, Lilya 4-Ever, Filth, Boy Meets Girl, Don’t Let Me Die on a Sunday, One Day, Moulin Rouge, Heaven Knows What, Bang Bang You’re Dead, Nymphomaniac, Walkabout, Force Majeure, Dear Zachary, A Coffee in Berlin, Un Homme Qui Dort, Boy Interrupted, Reign Over Me, Into the Abyss, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ben X, Blue is the Warmest Color, April Showers, Taste of Cherry, Detachment, The Butterfly Effect, How to Die in Oregon, Leaving Las Vegas, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Taxi Driver, Trainspotting, Hide Your Smiling Faces, Girl Interrupted, The Tree of Life, I Origins, The Double, Gimme Shelter, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, Dead Poets Society, Another Earth, Lake Mungo, Beaches, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, Mysterious Skin, and the House of Sand and Fog. 

Earth Day 2017: What I’ll be doing

As a volunteer with (and President of) Mojave Desert Land Trust, I’ll be working with our volunteers and Marines from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California to continue our work in restoring a 640-acre parcel of land we recently acquired that abuts Joshua Tree National Park. Here’s a recent photo (taken by one of our volunteers or staff). Working with the Marines is always fun, and an honor. But because I’m old enough to be each of their grandfather, I get really protective of the men and women in the Marine Corps, and worry about them.

A description of this parcel, and what our intentions are, from the San Bernardino County Sentinel:

The land had been owned for over a decade by Danmark Development, which had designs of subdividing the property for residential development. The property, an expanse of Joshua trees, piñon pines and brush, populated by no people and a smattering of desert tortoise, badgers, mule deer and an occasional bobcat, includes a ridge in the Little San Bernardino Mountains that presents a spectacular vantage over Long Canyon, both Yucca and Coachella valleys and the San Gorgonio Wilderness peaks to the west.

The land, nevertheless, is marred by debris, trash, old tires, discarded appliances, abandoned vehicles and upwards of 40,000 bullet casings, as over the years people have used it as a dump and unauthorized shooting range. An effort to clean the property up over the next several years is being planned.

It is the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s intention that the 640 acres will be absorbed into Joshua Tree National Park, becoming a protected area, meaning it will be off limits for development of any sort but will be open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, and will stand as a wildlife preserve. This last function is significant, as the property is located within the wildlife corridor between Joshua Tree National Park and the Sand to Snow National Monument.

I have a couple of events bookended around Earth Day. Tomorrow, several volunteers and staff with the Wildlands Conservancy are guiding 200 elementary school kids (4th through 6th grades) through the Wildlands’ Mission Creek Preserve to explore and study desert wildflowers. Then on Sunday, I’m volunteering to work with a group that will be hiking along the Pine City trail in Joshua Tree National Park. All good stuff. I’ll be ready to do my couch potato thing Sunday evening.

Lance Cpl. JaCari Wells, a supply administrator and operations specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, posts security using an M2 .50 caliber machine gun during Integrated Training Exercise 2-17 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017. ITX is an exercise designed to bring all the parts of a Marine Air Ground Task Force together to train as one. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Justin Huffty) 

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dacotah E. Roskop fires an M27 infantry automatic rifle down range on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Roskop is an automatic rifleman assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson 

Two AH-1W Super Cobras land at a forward arming and refueling point during Integrated Training Exercise 2-17 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017.

Made it to twentynine palms today. This place is fucked. There ain’t shit out here, it’s sketchy as fuck, and it’s hot as hell Someone please kill me or bring me back east.