(Death Valley Junction CA)
On the way to the next big thing, I stopped to visit the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel in the desert. I was told it was worth the time to see, and it surely was!
In the late 1960s Marta Becket, a dancer, pianist, singer and artist from NYC restored a rundown theatre in the desert to hold concerts. She invited her stage and artist friends, and they came. Then others heard of it and started coming; what a story!
She painted murals on the walls, ceiling, made costumes and stage props. She and her stage hand/manager did all the work and played all the parts as she danced and sang her heart out. Although she no longer performs, she still lives on the grounds and rents rooms in the hotel.
Standing in there brought back memories of my college days working in an experimental theatre project. I built props, worked lighting, whatever was needed, and lived in a loft of the theatre. The Opera House was really special and worth the guided tour fee.
That evening, on my way along Hwy-190, I boondocked overnight on BLM land that someone had told me about. It worked out great, was free and was far enough off the highway to be restful.
Camp: BLM boondocked
Scene: Murals, buildings, theatre, desert