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CONTACT IN THE DESERT - JOSHUA TREE

Motorcycle Mysteries with Koz Mraz

Koz Mraz
4/18/2017


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I love mysteries, be it aliens, energy domes, Bigfoot and Chupacabra but most of all, I love Joshua Tree. It seems to have some ancient mystery about it. Native Americans claim the trees are spirits of dead Indian warriors ominously guarding their desert domain. There is an energy dome built in the 1950s to some extraterrestrial race and Giant Rock, the largest freestanding boulder in the world. Creosote Cacti, the oldest living organism on the planet.

This year I am also attending Contact in the Desert  An epic weekend of exploration into extraterrestrial life, ancient aliens, human origins, secret space program, crop circles, UFO sightings and contact experiences. Right up my alley! It’s being held in one of the most noted locations for UFO sightings, Joshua Tree National Forest in Southern California. Hundreds of people will flood Joshua Tree on May 19-22 this year for a weekend filled with lectures and workshops held by scientists, geologists, historians, new thought leaders, even former government representatives -- all for the purpose of bringing this much-hidden, yet well documented topic about our ancient connection to the extraterrestrial world into the light.

The easiest way to Joshua Tree is the 10 freeway to Highway 62. You pass by the Windmill Farms that stand eerily out of place, as if some alien race of gargantuans left their toys behind.

I suggest a quick visit to the Cabot Yerxa Pueblo in Desert Hot Springs.  He homesteaded here in1913 on Miracle Hill and discovered the now famous natural hot springs. You won’t believe what’s inside this amazing 4 story, 35 room Hopi Style Pueblo.  The 40-foot Indian sculpture outside is hand carved by Peter Wolf Toth. In his “Trail of the Whispering Giants” he has placed one of these majestic sentinels in every state of the union.  www.cabotsmuseum.org/history.htm . Note: the museum is closed summer months.

Back on 62 we pass by the Joshua Tree Inn.  It’s there in room 8 where Gram Parson (The Byrds music group) died while under the influence.  It’s a really bizarre true story made into a movie called Grand Theft Parsons (starring Johnny Knoxville), it’s definitely worth a watch. www.grandtheftmovie.com   I also suggest booking room 8 sometime and you just might see his ghost in the bathroom mirror. Sleep well. http://www.joshuatreeinn.com/

Turn left at  Old Woman Road, which takes you up to Landers, home of Giant Rock and the Integratron. Giant Rock is thought to be the world's largest freestanding boulder. Dr George Van Tassel was one of the leaders in the UFO movement of the 1950’s and held annual "Spacecraft Conventions" at Giant Rock for 25 years He built the Integratron, a 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood structure originally designed as a rejuvenation and time machine. Today you can have a neuroacoustic sound bath, or attend a UFO symposium.  www.integratron.com

 
 

I’m amazingly excited to attend this year’s “Contact in the Desert” event that has grown to a 4 day event featuring over 40 speakers cover an array of topics from secret government programs,cover-ups and abductions. Speakers like Erich Von Däniken’s who wrote Chariots of the Gods. His books have been translated into 32 languages, and have sold 63 million copies worldwide. From his books two full-length documentary films have been produced: Chariots of the Gods and Messages of the Gods. George Noory, host of the nationally syndicated program, Coast to Coast AM, says if he weren’t a national radio talk show host he’d be in politics. Heard by millions of listeners, Coast To Coast AM airs on approximately 564 stations.  John Goode, David Wilcock and Steven Greer and the list goes on. Check out this cool commercial.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2369ze-ZG80dEVCb1JXUHRPZTQ/view?usp=sharing

The cruise home through Joshua Tree National Park and the scenery is surreal. The rocks take on a strange liquid like form as if floating gravity free. Armies of Joshua Trees loom before us, defending their arid empire. It’s an absolutely beautiful drive. We head up to Keys View. At 5575 feet the vista is staggering. You can see Mexico 3 hundred miles away. We are truly in the middle of nowhere.   www.joshua.tree.national-park.com

The loop back out of the park on Pinto Basin road through Cottonwood Pass Road is fantastic!  Its 40 miles of downhill grade, grand vistas and continuous curves.

Salvation Mountain, a Vision of Faith

If you are still looking for more adventure take Hwy 111 south to Salton Sea. It’s the result of an irrigation plan to divert water from the Colorado River gone terribly wrong. A Levy breach in the early 1900’s created California’s largest body of water, a surreal mirage against a dry desert backdrop.   The ride from 111 to Niland is another 36 miles. A once promising recreational paradise now resembles a post-apocalyptic Mad Max movie set. There are so many interesting abandon structures from North Shore to Bombay Beach add another hour of exploring to your journey.   

 Abandon Marina Resort at North Shore
Abandon Marina Resort at North Shore

Once in Niland turn left on Main St. and you will dead end at Slab City and Salvation Mountain. There are countless stories, books and movies about this god forsaken land (see Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea-2006 and Into the Wild 2007).

After years of defeat proclaiming his faith Leonard Knight decided to make a "small statement" with half of a bag of cement, he fashioned a small monument near the Chocolate Mountains of Slab City.  One thing turned into another - days turned into weeks and weeks turned into years. Each day, Leonard would put a little more cement and a little more paint on the side of a forgotten riverbank "I was just going to stay one week. It's been a very good week".  Salvation Mountain has become an American Mecca with visitors sometimes traveling thousands of miles.  Leonard’s message to the faithful is simple; God is Love, make good bigger.  That reflects his passion on the mountain. Build it and they will come. http://www.salvationmountain.us/

The high desert offers adventurers some of the most spectacular vistas, amazing terrain and fun people.  All sorts of entertaining and interesting events from music and art festivals like Shakti Fest, and Joshua Tree Music Festival and fascinating symposiums such as Contact in the Desert.  I hope to see you there!


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