• Scheduled for March publication inDesert is John D. Mitchell's "Bells ofOld Guevavi," first of a new series of lostmine stories by the author of
Lost Minesand Buried Treasures of the Great South-west,
and other books and stories nowout of print. Setting for first article isnear Nogales, Arizona. Others will befrom various parts of Arizona and fromTexas and New Mexico. Series is illus-trated by John Hansen, artist formerly ofSalt Lake City, now of San Mateo, Cali-fornia.• Motorists reading Charles Kelly'sstory in this issue will find that a newUtah wonderland is about to be openedto them, and the distance to other scenicpoints greatly shortened by recent com-pletion of a pilot road. Kelly gives thelog of his trip over this route, whichstarts at Fruita and ends at Hite, about100 miles away at the Colorado river.• From deep in the Navajo reservationToney Richardson has brought a strangestory of Navajo superstition and mystery,scheduled for next month's issue of Des-ert.
Trees That Died of Fear
is the sub-ject of this unusual feature—and as evi-dence that it is not fiction Norton Allenhas drawn a map showing the location ofa phenomenon that has been as bafflingto botanists as it has been to the tribes-men of that region.
high school ski meet,Snow Bowl,
Arizona.Feb. 7-8—State convention, Arizona Cat-tle Growers' association, Prescott,Arizona.Feb. 7-9—Second annual gem and min-eral show and field trip, sponsored byDesert Gem and Mineral society,Blythe, California.Feb.9-16—Arizona state citrus show,Mesa, Arizona.Feb. 15—Turtle dance, Taos pueblo,New Mexico.Feb. 15-16—World's championship ro-deo, Yuma, Arizona.Feb. 20-23—Riverside County Fair andDate festival, fairgrounds, Indio, Cali-fornia.Feb. 22-23—Twenty-second annual Fi-esta de los Vaqueros and rodeo,Tucson, Arizona.Feb. 22-23—Sierra Club trip to Pusha-walla canyon and adjacent areas. Campwill be in Coachella valley near canyonmouth. R. J. Schonborn, leader.Feb. 22-23—Thunderbird Invitationalski meet, Snow Bowl,
CREED OF THE DESERT
By JUNE LEMERT PAXTON
Yucca Valley, CaliforniaDeep silence is stirred by the desertbreeze,And warmed by the sun's embrace;The peace and solace everywhere foundAre gifts of the Father's grace.
Volume 10FEBRUARY. 1947Number 4COVERCLOSE-UPSCALENDARPHOTOGRAPHYGEM HUNTPOETRYTRAVELBOTANYNATURELETTERSEXPLORATIONMYSTERYMININGNEWSDESERT QUIZLAPIDARYHOBBYCONTESTBOOKSCOMMENT
HOME OF MR. AND MRS. PACKRAT. Packrat's nestin Joshua tree, west of Lancaster, California.Photo by Fred Hankins, Taft, California.Notes on Desert contributors 3February events on the desert 3Prize winners in December contest 4Trail to TurquoiseBy RICHARD VAN VALKENBURGH ... 5Meditations From a Rocky LedgeBy LOIS ELDER ROY 9New Road into the Utah WildernessBy CHARLES KELLY 10Wild Pie Plant, by MARY BEAL . . . -. . . 15Career of a Botanical ThiefBy JERRY LAUDERMILK 16Comment from Desert readers 18Palms of PalomarBy RANDALL HENDERSON 19Canyon Voyager is Missing 22Current news briefs 24Here- and There on the Desert 25A test of your desert knowledge 26Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK . . 30Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON .... 31Photo contest announcement 35California Land Names, other reviews .... 37Just Between You and Me, by the Editor ... 38
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