After Thanksgiving we decided to visit Garth. Garth lives way up off of Gamma Gulch in Pipes Canyon. Living year round in a small concrete teepee with no electricity and no phone – on a huge spread of amazing high desert land that has been meticulously landscaped, Garth has become a pretty famous character around these parts.
To meet or visit Garth you just drive the x-odd miles of dirt road out to his domain – since he doesn’t have a phone there isn’t any way to stick to usual formalities such as calling first or making an appointment. After a visit it is customary to leave something in the donation jar – which helps to subsidize his amazing undertaking.
It was a really cold afternoon when we got there and everything was going into shade. We checked out the swimming pool and sauna that were built into the rocks. The pool was covered with a thick layer of ice. The sauna has a bed of brilliantly colored stones that you can lay in after they get hot.
We experimented with the pool of “meteor dust” and then we shared some of the solar oven stuffing with Garth in the outdoor kitchen. Did I already mention that it was cold? By mid afternoon the only warm spot was the teepee which is heated with a wood burning stove. Emmett sang a ode to Garth and then Garth reciprocated by showing us his super far out and fabulous desert bling – which is mostly all custom designed by him.