I am female, photographer, Marintime adventurer, cook, have a place I am currently renovating my base camp in the high desert in California near joshua tree. It has 2 bedrooms 2 separate bathrooms and a trailer all on 5 rural acres with rabbits, coyotes and cactus. It has a HOT TUB, wood burning stove fireplace and a lot of good vibes.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Learn about the desert culture the anthropology of the desert.
I can guide you on hikes, the lesser non tourist parts of the desert where you will experience the magic of desert characters - mavericks, drifters, dreamers and doers shaping a contemporary American west.
I am looking for help with the following:
Building an outdoor toilet and help with updating an older indoor shower and putting in a new one.
Landscaping design (mid century modern)
Computers / internet setup/ management
I will provide you with wholesome meals and your own private remodeled trailer - there is a hot water outdoor shower and we share a toilet.
There is much to do in the area besides the joshua tree national park . A thriving art and music scene hiking right outside the backyard-!: hot springs are 25 minute dive away
Things to do:
Joshua tree national park
Gods way love
Pappys and Harriet's
Desert hot springs ($3 Tuesdays)
Swimming pool Palm Springs (I go often)
Joshua tree saloon
Noah purifoy art installation
The palms brunch in wonder valley for desert characters and cheap prices
Sky village swap meet (downtown yucca valley till 2:00pm every weekend)
The bijou for old time unique cinema experience (you will need to call)
Day trips - Salton sea/ Palm Springs/ cab axon shopping outlets/big bear lake/ amboy crater/
There are open mic nights on Monday and Tuesday nights at the saloon and pappys
Bowling is a $ a game (please check) on Wednesdays at yucca valley bowling
If art is your thing there are a number of interesting galleries (the glass outhouse / wonder valley) and there is always an art opening going on somewhere
Photographers - so many subjects and stories to shoot
If meditation is your thing there are 2 monasteries in the area and I hold a meditation evening at my place every other Tuesday followed by a vegetarian potluck
Some more information to keep the good vibes going:
I do not own a tv, but I do have a projector to watch movies (have a small collection) on - if you use the projector and watch movies please ensure you return all movies to the right DVD case and pack up and put away the projector after use.
There is public transport within walking distance but you will need to research the routes etc.
I would prefer that you have your own transportation as the house is rural. However if it's the right skillset I don't mind lending my car (very occasionally for small distance trips) but I do expect you to top up the gas tank to full and keep it clean.
If you would like to take longer roadtrips / day trips (Salton sea etc)/ off-road - there are rental car companies you can use in the area.
Please clean up after yourself at mealtimes, and help with putting away dishes. (I do have a dishwasher which unfortunately does not load rinsed dishes and unload itself ;)
Please keep couches/common/living areas neat and tidy and pick up after yourself
Please be mindful of energy usage and turn off the lights etc when not in use
Please assist me in deep cleaning (sweeping /mopping/ dusting/cleaning toilets&bath etc) the house once every 10 days.
At the end of your workaway stay I expect the room to be as clean as it was presented to you and that you wash all linens(bed sheets, pillow cases, towels, bathmats), clear and clean all trash bins, clean the bathroom and sink, and ensure the room is swept and mopped.
We will work out a list together and I would like that all tools are cleaned and put away in its proper place at the end of the working day or at the end of the task (whichever comes first)
Social and expectations:
I will provide 2 meals a day , however if we agree to go out to a bar or restaurant I expect you to pay for your own food and drinks.
I will gladly introduce you to the local scene and encourage you to go check things out for yourself as well.
I can also show you some amazing out of the national park wilderness areas out here and would be happy to go hiking, swimming, with you.
I have a friend who has a Cessna if your interested in going on a desert flight - i can arrange it, if you pay the cost of gas for the flight! (Works out to around $100 and cheaper if there are more of you to split costs - max 3 at a time)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week