Scout books available for purchase!
See store for more details

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#1 and #2 of our self-published Scout Series is available in the HDTS store - Order your copy today!  

Kip's Desert Book Club
Skywater by Melinda Worth Popham
March 7, 2016

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The novel Skywater by Melinda Worth Popham is the featured book for the March 7th Book Club meeting at Pat's house. Set in the Sonoran desert, this novel is unique in that it deals with environmental, ethical, and spiritual issues from a coyote's perspective.

Scout Series book release
at the 2016 LAABF
#1 Katie Bachler and #2 Katherine Ball

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HDTS is excited to announce the release of our latest labor of love, #1 and #2 of our new Scout Book Series at the LAABF 2016!

hdts gem/mineral expo & painted rock auction
at paramount ranch, January 30-31

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It’s time for High Desert Test Sites’ annual HDTS Gem/Mineral Expo and Painted Rock Auction! Inspired by the gem and mineral mecca, Quartzsite, Arizona, the HDTS Gem/Mineral Expo features our own vast array of gems, minerals, and crystals for sale at every price range, from $1 to $100.

Concurrent with the expo is the Painted Rock Auction—a silent auction of artist-painted rocks, inspired by Scott and Tyson Reeder’s project, General Store Rocks (originally featured in Amy and Wendy Yao’s Art Swap Meet at HDTS 2004). Bid on original “painted rocks" by some of our favorite artists and collaborators, and support HDTS. All proceeds from this two-part event go towards HDTS programing and operating expenses.

The event will take place at:
Paramount Ranch—2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
$10 admission (cash only), free for students
January 30–31, 2016, 11 am–5 pm

kip's desert book club
the wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton
february 1, 2016


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Before Thomas Merton's book, The Wisdom of the Desert, arrived in my mailbox, I knew very little about the author or the 4th century Christian monks that had retreated to the North Africa desert to live in caves. Don't feel intimidated by this translation of ancient texts, this thin volume is filled with short passages that are witty, sometimes funny, and always deeply relevant to a contemplative life in the desert.