This book describes a series of events occurring in the desert, often humorous, sometimes chaotic and even life-threatening, experienced by a boy and the man he became. The book also is well larded with science, lore and techniques for survival in the beautiful and often harsh desert environment. Growing up in Palm Springs a half-century ago, I was surrounded by celebrities. As a member of my high school tennis team in 1956, we were allowed to play at the world famous Racquet Club if we agreed to complete a foursome with guests when asked by the tennis professional. One day Marilyn Monroe needed a partner and I was chosen. On my first serve I hit my partner in the buttocks. Some say the ball goes where you were looking.