Here are some organizations and books to help you find out what you need to know:
Some Good Folks to Know
Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
A $25 yearly membership entitles you to a 10% discount on publications sold in the Visitor's Center, use of the Park Research Library, and a monthly newsletter published November through April. The newsletter features articles on the flora, fauna, and history of the area, plus a schedule of lectures, tours and 4WD trips within the park. The wildflower updates alone are worth the membership fee!
For more information, write to the Association at P.O. Box 310, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 or visit http://www.abdnha.org
Huell Howser's legacy of his "California's Gold" series has been digitized and made available to be viewed free online on the Chapman University website http://www.HuellHowserArchive.com . There are over 900 episodes in the series and they are all listed on Huell Howser Productions website http://www.calgold.com .
Friends of the Mojave Road
Historian Dennis Casebier writes desert guidebooks, leads trips, builds museums, and has other odd habits. This organization is directly associated with the restored Schoolhouse at Goffs, California. Newsletter subscription is $20.00. For more information, contact Hugh Brown, 37198 Lanfair Road, G-15, Essex, CA 92332 or call 760-733-4482 or visit http://mdhca.org
Friends of the Eastern California Museum
Located in Independence, CA, this unique museum features old farm machinery, old photos, Owens Valley memorabilia, a bookstore and reference library. Nice folks, too. Check them out!
Discover Baja Travel Club
Great newsletter, spectacular insurance prices, weather and road reports, etc. Phone (800) 727-BAJA and on the web at http://www.discoverbaja.com.
The Way Of Things
Carlos Gallinger is a member at-large of the MRVM, the Desert Explorers, and the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep. Anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing the desert with Carlos will testify that he is a teacher and visionary. Carlos now has an educational website where he shares his wealth of knowledge and interpretation of the environment. Read articles or see his videos at http://www.thewayofthings.org .