Pioneertown, etc.

There’s a old movie set/town not too far from Joshua Tree National Park called Pioneertown. Here is a blurb from their webpage
Pioneertown was built in 1946 as a movie set for western movies, including the movies of Gene Autry, The Cisco Kid, with Duncan Renaldo, Annie Oakley with Gail Davis, Judge Roy Bean with Edgar Buchanan, Range Rider with Jock O. Mahoney, and Buffalo Bill Jr. with Dick Jones. The movie set was to provide a place for the actors to live, and have their homes used as part of a movie set. Some of the original investors in the town were Roy Rogers, who also built the Pioneer Bowl, Sons of the Pioneers, which the town was named after, Dick Curtis who was a professional villian in old movies, Bud Abbott, Russell Hayden, who played Lucky on the Hopalong Cassidy series, Louella Parsons the Hollywood gossip columnist and Philip N. Krasne: The Man Who Saved Pioneertown.
Several folks had mentioned it to us as a local point of interest, so we thought since we were over “that way” while spending some time with our buddies, John and Rosie (remember, from our Alaskan Adventure? They are working at another SOWER project in the area), we would check it out.
Can I say it was a little less than I expected?
Hmmm. I think they stage some gunfights or something on weekends beginning in April, but apparently at this time of year it’s pretty darn quiet. It was a good chance, though, to play around with the Sepia setting on my camera – and then I had fun messing with my editing program –
Pioneertown vignette
Pioneertown Smudge
pioneertown poster

pioneer town
Yeah, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
Except for these little guys!
pioneertown puppies
Even in “sepia” they were very cute. And very alarmed that Mama was on our side of the fence. 🙂
But our day didn’t end there.
We headed south
to hook up with some other friends who were staying at a lovely RV resort in Hemet. They were playing in a Seniors Volleyball Tournament – and it looked like they were having a lot of fun!
pete volleyball
That’s Pete – he was really cranking out the points!
This was a lovely RV resort – quite a step up from our usual Wal-Mart parking lot.
Among the many great amenities, we were able to enjoy a quick game of billiards
Pool Room
and an equally quick round of shuffleboard on their world-class shuffleboard courts.
I didn’t even know there was such a thing as “world class shuffleboard courts”!
We certainly had a great day reconnecting with these good friends and it was a grand way to start off our long weekend.
As for the rest of the weekend, I bet it looked a lot like yours. A couple of chores, a couple of naps, an errand run or two, church on Sunday, a pot of yummy chicken soup. Back to work tomorrow, and I’m glad there’s a little of that soup left over. The forecast is calling for rain the entire week. The good new is we’ve got some inside work lined up.
The bad news is it’s the student’s bathrooms.
Ah, the ever changing life of a Sower.

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