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Desert Lady Diaries

Oct 28, 2019

Janelle Pietrzak's first experience with desert came while driving cross country from Philadelphia, to a new job in LA. Traveling with her partner, Robert, it was July and they made a stop in Marfa, TX, then on to Joshua Tree for two nights  – most of which was spent at an aquatic center in Palm Desert (40 miles away...

Oct 21, 2019

Patti Brown wisited Yucca Valley for the first time in 1989 to meet, who would become her future mother-in-law and real estate mentor.
That first trip Patti felt like she might be going on adventure that she wouldn’t be coming back from and her first impressions of the desert were that it was barren and somewhat far...

Oct 14, 2019

Born in England, Jane 'Spider' Fawke grew up watching American Westerns at a Saturday morning program near where she lived. It wasn't John Wayne who captured her attention, but the beautiful vistas of Monument Valley in the background. 
Growing up poor, Jane gravitated to the fashion scene in Paris after...

Oct 8, 2019

Patty Domany exemplifies the term 'entrepreneurial spirit'.
Patty was introduced to the desert by her Los Angeles neighbors, who had land in Landers.  After spending a number of weekends with them and driving the desert roads to find a place of her own, Patty had a brief conversation with a 'Landroid' over coffee one...

Oct 1, 2019


At eight months old, after being born in Hollywood, Susan was brought to her mother’s burnt homestead cabin in Pipes Canyon. The family first lived under the stars and later in an Army tent.
Susan was raised in upper Pipes Canyon – in what is known today at the Wildlands Conservancy. She attended a one-room...