After a few quick snapshots, I continued on my way to the Mohave Sands Motel for a much needed adult beverage.
Built in 1949, owner Blake Simpson completely renovated the motel and reopened it in 2010. It appears Blake is adept with a welder! New door and window frames are custom-fabricated in steel.
Crisp metal detailing appears everywhere – from the caps of stucco walls to landscape edge detailing that keeps the desert at bay. The repurposed grating also works well as a shower screen in the private outdoor bathing courtyard.
If it’s a soak you’re after, a recycled tub a great way to relax while vintage vinyl is spinning an Hawaiian serenade.
After trudging through the sand from Kate’s Lazy Desert, next stop was Looney Dunes. Aptly named as I soon discovered. The owners, Phillip Maberry & Scott Walker, are artists. Their creations are sculptures that appear to be colorful pool floats!
Moored in the desert sand dunes and caught in cactus gardens it is impossible not to smile at their juxtaposition.
You may remember their previous home, immortalized by the B-52′s in their video for the band’s hit song, Love Shack.
Yup, it’s true. And if you look closely that’s an afro-ed RuPaul in the white halter top dancing in the living room!