What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote. – Abbey

Go ahead, tell me how the desert is ugly, barren, and unforgiving. I will smile, let you bask in your opinion, and wave at you from my Jeep. The desert I know, teaches us of a delicate balance with nature, and one that lures us with open roads. I feel wander, wonder, and harmony in this unique landscape. And the story it tells has two parameters, sunrise and sunset.

Last weekend we went into the desert, to meet up with friends at the local watering hole. In fact, the only reason to travel off-road, near Parker, AZ is to visit the Nellie E. Saloon, better known as The Desert Bar. Drive the backroads, and you will arrive when you see the church steeple in the distance.

The Desert Bar, was the vision of Dan Coughlin and began as a five-stool operation on an old mining camp. Initially, the bar was a three-sided lean to, and water was hauled in on an old firetruck.

Ken’s goal was to have a place where off-roading vehicles could stop for a meal and a cold drink. It is now a sought after destination during the winter months, with live entertainment, multiple bars and a store. It is open on weekends, is a cash only business, and since it runs on solar power, it closes with the sunset.

It is true that the road less traveled will often surprise you, and today there are no illusions about capturing coolness, but at the end of the day, we still know the greatest gift is time…together.

Back at camp we contemplate tomorrow. There are no expectations. The desert doesn’t allow that. It only promises us adventure, the sunrise, and the sunset.

Blessed be the curious, for they shall have adventure. – L. Drachman

Wind Kisses, Donna

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