Bermuda Dunes
Community Council
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month

Supervisor PEREZ office
Esmeralda Perez
760 863 8211

Sheriff's Department
Lt. Michael Bianco
760 863 1600

California Highway Patrol
Officer Hector Gutierrez
760 772 5300

Cal Fire
Div Chief Ty Davis
760 393 3450

Code Enforcement
Michael Bowles II
951 600 6233

Bermuda Dunes Community
Center/Desert Rec
Nicole Fisher
760 564 9921
760-347-3484 ext. 134

Bermuda Dunes Airport

79880 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203 ·
PH: (760) 345-2558

Myoma Water Co
Mark Meeler
General Manager
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
760-772-1967  Office
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Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Robert Nagles-- Vice President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
Don Keprta-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Nelson - Director
Jerry Lugo - Director

BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every month



Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
street/gate signage.

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161


The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.

Resident Login System
is handled by DRM

Admin hours are as follows:

Monday 9 -5
Tuesday 9 - 5
Wednesday 9 - 5
Friday 9 - 5
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Main Gate #1
Glass Gate #2
Administration #3

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

President   Charlie Bishop
Vice President. Brett Coor
Secretary. Janet McMurtrey
Board member Barbara Black
Treasure. Mike Soran

Joint Committee Representative
Brett Coor

BDCA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161

CC&Rs for BDSA

Here is what
responsible for:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Association
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
landscaping, pool
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum

Architectural Committee

A.  THE MISSION:  As representatives of each
Homeowner, members of the Architectural
Control Committee (ACC), are volunteer
community members.  The ACC, as
established in the CC&R’s, has been charged
with the mission to oversee that each lot and
dwelling within the Community is developed
and maintained in a manner compatible with
its standard aesthetics and quality.

responsibility to approve or to reject all plans
for real property improvements on all lots
within any subdivision of the Community, and
all properties owned by the Bermuda Dunes
Community Association and Bermuda Dunes
Security Association, prior to commencement
of construction of that improvement.

C. RESPONSIBILITY: The ACC’s goal is to
foster careful design in furtherance of its
responsibility to represent each Homeowner
in the preservation of the architectural and
landscaping aesthetics and character of the
homes within the Community and to monitor,
according to its authority for interpretation,
enforcement of BDCA’s governing
documents.  Utilizing and interpreting the
Guidelines, the ACC will consider the
aesthetic and functional aspects of each
design, including placement of buildings,
landscaping, exterior finishes and materials,
height and bulk, orientation of site lines, etc.  
In addition, the ACC will consider the effect of
the proposed improvement on neighboring
properties and the Community as a whole.

ACC is not responsible for reviewing nor
shall its approval of any plan or design be
deemed approval of any structural safety or
conformance with building or other codes.
The ACC assumes no responsibility for the
structural or mechanical soundness of
approved designs.

E.  RECORDS:  Records of ACC approvals or
actions will be kept on file, by Tract or Unit
and by Lot number, at the office of the BDCA.

F.  AUTHORITY:  Submissions are required
directly from homeowners, regardless that
they may reside in sub-communities that may
have their own architectural review boards,
guidelines and committees.  The BDCA-ACC
has final authority for approval of projects as
outlined herein. No submittals will be
accepted from sub-community boards or
committees, unless submission is for
common area projects within the sub-


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Dear Band Patrons,

The Desert Winds is proud to announce it's 2019-2020 Concert
Season.  Please add these dates to your calendar:

Fall Concert - All Gershwin!
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Bochner Auditorium, Jewish Community Center, Palm Springs

Holiday Concert - Sounds of the Holidays
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Bochner Auditorium, Jewish Community Center, Palm Springs

Jazz Band Concert & Gala Fundraiser - Isn't It Romantic
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Palm Springs Pavilion, Palm Springs

Spring Concert - California Dreamin'
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Bochner Auditorium, Jewish Community Center, Palm Springs

We look forward to seeing you there!
The Palm Springs Sisters are celebrating 12-years of serving our
community. This year we are hosting an elegant Masquerade party
at the Living Desert! The event will include a complimentary
cocktail hour with a Live Animal Encounter, followed by a Gourmet
Plated Dinner, Live Entertainment, and Silent Auction of Beautiful
Artwork and spectacular trips, a Live Auction with terrific Items, and
a raffle with great prizes!

Help us make this event exceed all expectations and support to
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Our Event Beneficiaries are:
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Good Morning Donna and Bob,

Is there any way I can put a Thank You in the blog?  My Australian
Shepherd who is just a baby was let out by my pool men and as it
was the day the were mowing, she had three large mowers scaring
her to death.  I found the kindest people that day, a Woman who
had never seen me before offered her golf cart, so I could cover
more ground and the very nice younger security guard

(I wish I knew his name), followed her to Fred Warring gate and
then saw her turn on Adams, so at least we knew she was out of
the community.

The story turned out good because another kind woman picked her
up on Miles and got her back to me.

God Bless all of you that were concerned and helped !

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Here's what's happening at the Country Club
This is for you ladies!!! I recently ate at a restaurant where a table
of girlfriends of a certain age were having a wonderful time, and
came home and wrote this. You may recognize somebody, maybe
yourself ...

Lunch With Girlfriends
By Kathy O’Malley

Elaine’s vertigo has never been worse
Kay can’t recall where she left her purse
Rhonda’s about to replace her knees
Linda’s breathing is tinged with a wheeze

Donna's left boob has a troublesome lump
Diane’s on her third trip to take a dump
Lorraine’s husband can’t remember a thing
Nine years a widow, Marge still wears her ring

Marlene is dealing with another UTI
Sally’s giving a hearing aid another try
Marie has decided she can’t drive at night
Sharon still wears clothes two sizes too tight

They’ve been through divorces and babies and wakes
They do for each other whatever it takes
They’ve already buried Marcia and Kate
And truthfully, Lizzie’s not looking so great

So whenever they can, they get out to eat
Open bottles of wine and forget their sore feet
There’s laughing and crying and letting down guards
And when the bill comes, there’s ten credit cards

So here’s to the waiters who keep orders straight
And to the places that let lunches run three hours late
And here’s to the girlfriends, those near and those far
Here's to the girlfriends, you know who you are!!!
Finding the Real Marshal South
Ghost Mountain - The Experiment in Primitive Living
by Diana Lindsay
author The Ghost Mountain Chronicles

For 17 years, from 1930 to 1947, poet, artist, and author Marshal
South and his family lived on Ghost Mountain—a remote, waterless
mountaintop that is today within California’s Anza-Borrego Desert
State Park. Over a period of nine of those years, South chronicled
his family’s controversial primitive lifestyle through popular monthly
articles written for Desert Magazine.

Cover photo used for Child of Fire An acrimonious divorce ended
the “experiment in primitive living,” so described by Randall
Henderson, editor of Desert Magazine. Marshal’s death in 1948
soon after the divorce, the refusal of his wife Tanya to grant an
interview over the next 50 years of her life, and the many rumors
that have abounded have combined to elicit wide speculation over
the years.

Today the South’s home, called by them Yaquitepec (YAKeete-
PECK), lies in ruins—crumbling adobe walls, the frame for an
arched doorway, a rusted bed frame, and cement and barrel
cisterns once used to catch seasonal rainfall. A one-mile trail at the
foot of Ghost Mountain in Blair Valley, off Highway S-2, climbs
1,200 feet to the site. The Souths had named the mountain for the
“thin, ghostly trails” that led to the obscure ridge where they built
their home.

The hike up to the old home is a popular day trip for park visitors.
Invariably, it leads to many questions about South and his family—
who were they and why did they select Ghost Mountain as a
homestead? Interest over the years has led to many articles about
the Souths (over 40) and several website postings. What
information was available was principally gleaned from Desert
Magazine or other articles written by South that appeared in the
Saturday Evening Post or Arizona Highways. On occasion there
would be an interview with someone who knew them, but the family
kept largely silent until Tanya South passed away in 1997, a few
months short of her 100th birthday.

Rider South, the oldest of the three children who grew up on Ghost
Mountain, shared some information with a Los Angeles Times
freelancer in 2002, but the information was limited. Even the family
was not sure of Marshal’s past. Secrecy, changed names and
dates, deliberate obfuscation, lost and burned records and letters
hid the truth all these years.

But there was just enough information and clues left, that slowly
the story of the real Marshal South emerged. It took months of
research and a team to find the answers. Kristi Hawthorne, the
president of the Oceanside Historical Society, scoured the old
pages of the Oceanside Blade for early information. A research
team in Adelaide, South Australia, searched documents and
newspapers, once it was established that South was born there
and not in London, England. Family members who had not been in
contact with each other searched through old letters and
documents. And, finally we had the story.

The man who emerged was much more complex and talented than
anyone ever knew. He had been a widely-published writer of
poems (over 50), short stories and essays (over 35), and novels (8)
in addition to his articles and poems in Desert Magazine (102). His
writings were published in South Australia, Great Britain and the
United States—in local and syndicated newspapers and magazine
in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, and Texas.

He was also an artist who painted watercolors and oils, made
pottery, carved wood and designed iron sculptures. He did silver
and leather work, weaving, and he ran his own printing press,
creating booklets, greeting cards, and newsletters decorated with
colored blocks hand-carved from linoleum.

Marshal was born Roy Bennett Richards on February 24, 1889, in
a seaside suburb of Glenelg, about six miles from the center of
Adelaide, South Australia. He was raised on his father’s sheep
ranch at Pandurra, about 24 miles west of Port Augusta, a farming
community approximately 200 miles north of Adelaide. The
landscape and climate around Pandurra was very similar to that
around Ghost Mountain. It was also very isolated.

Roy was a very precocious and brilliant young man who was
interested in writing from an early age. He attended St. Peter’s
College in Adelaide, South Australia’s most prestigious boy’s
school. On December 24, 1904, the Port Augusta Dispatch
published a short story that may have been his first published
piece—he was 15 years old.

Over the next several years the Port Augusta Dispatch and The
Gadfly—an Adelaide weekly—published several short stories,
poems, essays, and political commentary written by Roy Richards.
Several were written under a pseudonym.

Roy only attended St. Peter’s College for one year, despite the fact
that his father was wealthy and could easily pay the tuition. His
father wanted him to help work the many sheep ranches that he
owned. Roy did not want to be a rancher; he wanted to be a writer.
His mother sympathized with him, and perhaps encouraged by an
unhappy marriage, she left her husband and took her two boys to
the United States, arriving in 1908.

Photo courtesy of Marsha Rasmussen, Marshal South's

For the next several years, Roy, his brother Norman, and his
mother moved around quite a bit—always fearful that Charles
Bennett Richards would follow them to the United States and find
them. They finally settled in Oceanside in 1911.

Possibly concerned that “Charlie” Richards could trace them
through Roy’s publications in the United States, Roy selected the
name Marshal South as his nom de plume. The decision probably
came easily to him as he had used several pseudonyms while
writing in Adelaide. But why the name Marshal South? There are
several possibilities.

Roy was a word wizard and enjoyed playing with words with double
meanings. A “marshal” as a deputy or sheriff conjures up the image
of a frontier marshal. But marshal also has a second meaning. As a
verb, it means ushering or leading in ceremoniously.  Perhaps he
saw himself as taking the lead as an author of western fiction—one
who would one day be recognized for his writing skills.

Roy always had a fascination with the American West, even in
Adelaide. The setting of one of his earliest stories had been in

That western mystique was carried through in an early photo of him
taken around 1918 in Arizona and also later for his author photo on
the back of Child of Fire, published in 1935.  The only thing missing
from that photo was a badge.  He was pictured with a western hat,
leather jacket, and an ammunition belt across his chest.

South may have been a reference to his fascination with the
Southwest, or it could have been a reference to Australia as Terra
Australis—southern land—an early name for Australia.  He was
also from the province of South Australia.

Roy’s pseudonym was just one of the ways that the family chose to
hide themselves. The earliest documents they filled out listed
England as their land of birth, not Australia, and all documents
through the death of each one usually listed England. Marshal
even listed London, England, as his birthplace on one of his

Birth dates and years were changed on documents or surveys as
well as given names, which made it even more difficult to trace the
family back to Australia. Roy changed his middle name from
Bennett to Benjamin or B. Richards and dropped Roy when he was
living in Oceanside.

His brother Norman changed his middle name Afford—his mother’s
maiden name—to Allen and listed New York as his mother’s
birthplace on his wedding certificate. Annie Emma Richards, Roy’s
mother, listed herself as a widow of “W.C.” Richards rather that “C.
B.” Richards, the initials that Charlie always used.

Marshal South—The Warrior Poet

Marshal South is known for his monthly columns published in
Desert Magazine over a nine year period from 1939 to 1948.
During much of that period he chronicled his family’s sojourn on
Ghost Mountain, a remote mountaintop on the western edge of the
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, approximately 10 miles from
Scissors Crossing, the junction of Highways 78 and S-2. Today,
only the ruins of his house remain to remind us of his “great

But before he moved to the desert with his wife Tanya in 1930 to
seek a peaceful and more spiritual life, he lived a very different life,
espousing military preparedness. He lived in Oceanside, California,
with his mother and brother, and he worked as a clerk for a local
mercantile called Hansens. His real name was Roy Bennett
Richards, but in Oceanside they knew him as B. or Benjamin
Richards. When he wasn’t working, he wrote poetry, using the
name Marshal South as his nom de plume.

His first known published work in the United States, entitled
“Intervention,” appeared in the Los Angeles Tribune on May 7,
1912 (His writings previously were published in local papers in
Australia since 1904 when he was 15 years old). The earliest
reference to B. Richards writing as Marshal South appeared in the
Oceanside Blade on December 27, 1913. The Blade reported that
“A poem by B. Richards who writes under the pseudonym of
Marshal South, and entitled ‘Lights of Vera Cruz,’ appeared in the
magazine section in last Sunday’s Los Angeles Times.”

By the spring of 1914, the editor of the Oceanside Blade was
making regular comments about South’s poems, which were often
reprinted in the Blade after first appearing in the Los Angeles
Times. He was dubbed “Oceanside’s poet laureate” and received
constant praise for his poetry.

The Oceanside Blade reported on more than South’s writing ability
in 1914. South had decided to take a more active role in promoting
his interest in patriotism and the need for defense. His first activity
was to call for a display of military arms, which were placed on view
in the show windows of the Hansen store where he worked. He
then called for the formation of the Oceanside Debating Club. Over
100 people attended the first meeting in December 1914 where
South spoke on “National Defense and the fallacy of disarmament.”
Before the meeting adjourned, a local rifle club was organized.

By the end of 1914, the local newspaper was referring to him more
often as Marshal South rather than B. Richards. South’s poetry
also became much more militaristic. In January 1915, the
Oceanside Blade called him “a warrior poet.”

He became impassioned about the idea of defense and began
working on the organization of a Defense League. He began by
calling for a meeting to complete the organization of the Oceanside
Rifle Club, which became affiliated with the National Rifle
Association, and enrolled those interested in military drill as
members of Company A, Oceanside.

South’s interest in national defense was long standing. He had
written about the need for national defense as early as 1906 when
he stilled lived in Australia (then he was worried about the growing
threat of China and Japan). He viewed the situation in Europe in
1914 in the same light.

On January 16, 1915, the Oceanside Blade stated that the
American Defense League had been formed “for the
encouragement of public interest in matters of national defense”
and that Marshal South was elected president. By the following
month members had uniforms and were drilling on a regular basis.
The Blade also began referring to South only by this name and
never used the name B. Richards again. The transition to Marshal
South was complete. He was also now referred to as “Captain”

The Blade continued to lavish praise on South, “the poet-soldier,”
stating on April 10, 1915, that “Oceanside may some day owe the
placing of her name upon the map of the nation in capital letters—
for it is in Oceanside that South has succeeded in organizing the
‘American League of Defense,’ destined, perhaps to become an
institution with branches in every part of the Union.”

In July 1915, South stepped down as president of the Rifle Club
and as captain of Company A to devote more time to his duties as
president of the American Defense League. That month he met
with Theodore Roosevelt to discuss the policies and objectives of
the league and received Roosevelt’s full support of the league

Just as he had all of this momentum and support for his league
activities, South disengaged himself by overseeing the
amalgamation of his defense league with that of the American
Defense League of San Diego in December 1915. He accepted a
position as the national representative of the San Diego league but
did not become actively involved.

During this same time period, South received national attention for
his poem “Progress,” which was printed in the American Magazine
and later copied in the Los Angeles Tribune and the Oceanside
Blade. The editor of the Tribune stated that South is “a Californian
by adoption,” and claimed that “America has found such a singer,
that rarest of rare comers—a true poet” in Marshal South. It was
also reported in March 1916 that “Progress” had won a gold medal
at the annual “elocution contest” at Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, New

Sometime at the end of summer 1916 South was drafted into the
Army. He was sent to Camp Henry J. Jones in Douglas, Arizona,
where he served with the Transportation Division of the Army
Quartermaster Company (QMC). Unfortunately, his military records
were burned in a massive fire in 1973 at the National Personnel
Records Center in St. Louis, so the details of his service have been

South served while General John J. Pershing was in pursuit of
Pancho Villa from 1916 to 1917. South became fully informed about
the activities of the Carranzistas and the Villistas, which provided
the background for several of his western novels.

While he served with the QMC, he met Margaret Schweichler who
worked as a civilian secretary in the QMC office with South. They
courted a year before they married on January 9, 1918.

Marshal South
The Years Before Yaquitepec
by Diana Lindsay
author The Ghost Mountain Chronicles

Ghost Mountain was named by Tanya and Marshal South in 1930
when they began their “great experiment” in primitive living, which
was later chronicled in the pages of Desert Magazine. Nowhere in
the pages of the magazine can a reader find background on the
Souths. Their life, as far as the magazine was concerned, began
when they commenced building their home, called Yaquitepec, on
the waterless ridge of Ghost Mountain in Blair Valley.

Before the magazine, before Ghost Mountain, and before Tanya,
there was Margaret, the Army, and Arizona.

Margaret South. Photo from Marsha Rasmussen Marshal South's

Margaret Frieda Schweichler was 21 years old when she met
Marshal while working as a civilian secretary with the Army
Quartermaster Company where Marshal worked as a clerk. Two
years later they were married on January 9, 1918, in Bisbee,
Arizona, when Marshal was 29 years old.

Margaret was an artist who painted in oils. Marshal called her
“Pusstat” because she loved cats. They had a small home in
Douglas near Camp Henry J. Jones where Marshal worked. Almost
a year after their marriage Marshal Jr. was born on December 5,
1919. Sometime before that date, Marshal was discharged from the
Army (the exact date is unknown because his military records were
destroyed in a fire in 1973), and in June 1920, Margaret asked
Marshal to leave.

Marshal was distraught and spent nights sleeping out in the open
desert “sinking into hopeless degradation; sleeping on boxes and
out in the desert in an overcoat; chased off by the police,” as he
recounted in a letter written in December 1922. He had hoped
Margaret would take him back, and he repeatedly tried to return to
her only to be rebuffed.

He eventually drifted back to Oceanside, California, where his
mother lived and found a job as a carpenter at the Rosicrucian
Fellowship in Oceanside. He wrote regularly to Margaret, sending
money and gifts, and Margaret wrote back, sometimes including
drawings by “Ratzin” (Marshal Jr.). The fact was that Margaret
always loved Marshal, but could not live with him. She was
ambitious and wanted a good provider. Marshal admitted that he
could never be “a successful provider” because “earthly prosperity
and comfort” meant “nothing or next to nothing; it is toward the
world of ideals and thought and philosophy that my steps lead,” he
explained in a letter.

Marshal felt they had inflicted real pain on each other, and he
acknowledged that he had “brought trouble and financial disaster,
disillusionment, and shattered dreams” to Margaret, but she had
“brought the unspeakable torture and agony of useless and
rejected love and the tearing separation from the love of my boy.”
Marshal sunk into depression and considered suicide.

Then he met Tanya who worked in the healing department of the
Rosicrucian Fellowship. He later credited Tanya with saving his life
by binding up his “broken heart” and bringing “the rest of peace to
a tortured soul.” He told Margaret in a letter to her that where she
had opened the door of life to him, Tanya had opened the door
which leads beyond life.

Tanya had worked at the Fellowship since 1920 when she had
moved to Oceanside from New York City. She was born on
November 4, 1897, in Zhmerinka, Podolsk, near Brahilov in the
Russian Ukraine near the Romanian border. Her orthodox Jewish
family emigrated to the United States in 1906 when Tanya was
eight years old. She was educated in New York City schools and
after graduation, she worked as a secretary on Wall Street. Her
interest in the occult and spiritual pursuits led her to the
Rosicrucian Fellowship.

Tanya was also a writer and poet who submitted articles and
poems to the Rosicrucian Fellowship Magazine, Rays from the
Rose Cross, that were published regularly beginning in May 1920.
She was a small woman—five feet, three inches tall—with blue
eyes and light brown hair (Marshal was five feet, eleven inches tall,
weighted under 140 pounds, and had brown eyes and brown hair).

In December 1922 Marshal asked Margaret for a divorce, stating
that “it is not fair of you to keep me tied to you and at the same time
refuse to be a companion to me….for two years you have pushed
me from you and urged me to seek someone else. And I could not
do it. I clung to the hope of you. And finally Fate has intervened.”

He told Margaret that if Tanya loved him she “would go with me to
the end of the earth.” He said that Tanya had “risen far above
money. For she does not want it nor value it. She lives simply and
dresses simply. She is not afraid of poverty and it is the higher
things of life that she desires—not the material.”

Before a legal divorce was obtained, Marshal and Tanya married
on March 8, 1923, in Santa Ana, California. On the wedding
document Marshal claimed it was his first marriage. Marshal and
Tanya were later remarried on September 19, 1938, in San Diego.
Their honeymoon was spent tent camping on a beach in

After they were married they moved to Los Angeles where Tanya
took a job with an oil company and Marshal began working for an
“office building concern.” Soon thereafter, Marshal moved back to
Oceanside to take care of his ill mother while Tanya continued
working in Los Angeles. His mother, Annie Richards, died on
August 1, 1924. After her death, he moved back to Los Angeles.

In the following years they both pursued their interest in writing.
Marshal was no longer writing poetry, perhaps not to compete with
Tanya. He wrote short stories and worked on novels. He had
success finding publishers for his short stories, but it was not until
1936 that he was successful in finding a publisher for his novels.

In 1925 or 1926 Marshal and Tanya began taking camping trips to
the desert, exploring sites along San Diego County’s unpaved
Highway S-2. They stayed often at the Vallecito Stage Station
(before it was restored), until Tanya was frightened by an
apparition of a white horse she claimed to have seen.

In 1928 the Souths moved back to Oceanside from Los Angeles.
Their decision to move to the desert permanently in 1930 was
probably driven by many factors. The Depression clearly limited
Marshal’s income as a writer and made it difficult to make ends
meet. He later explained in an article he wrote for the Saturday
Evening Post that they did not want to be slaves to making money.
They wanted to pursue more creative and spiritual endeavors.
They wanted peace and solitude, and they wanted to experience a
total sense of freedom—mentally and physically. He said they
“were tired” and “out of step….temperamental misfits and innate
barbarians…not equal to the job of coping with modern high-power

In all likelihood, South was also influenced by writers who wrote
about a return to nature—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David
Thoreau, and Hermann Hesse.  He also may have been influenced
by the German natural-living movements that were spreading to the
United States. Interestingly, a similar return to nature experiment
was being conducted at the same time in Palm Springs, centering
in Tahquitz Canyon, unbeknownst to South.

Against the advice of South’s brother and friends, Tanya and
Marshal packed their Model T in February 1930 and drove to the
desert, stopping in Blair Valley. To Marshal, it may have seemed
like returning to his boyhood home in Australia, similar in landscape
and isolation. To Tanya, the city girl, it was an adventure that
would allow her to focus on her spiritual interests. It would be
difficult and it would call for a certain amount of suffering, which
she viewed as necessary for spiritual evolvement.

By the time that Rider Del Sol South was born on January 22,
1934, they had established a comfortable home on the waterless
ridge of Ghost Mountain.

Rider and Rudyard in front of Yaquitepec by the "lake".

The Great Experiment Comes to an End
Visitors to the ruins found on Ghost Mountain in Blair Valley, on the
western edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, may find it hard
to believe that there was once a comfortable home found there that
was originally built beginning in 1930. The builders wanted a home
that was isolated yet inspiring that would allow them the freedom to
pursue their own interests, totally unfettered by the demands of

The adobe home belonged to Marshal and Tanya South, and it
was built over several years as they were dependent on water to
make the adobe home and cement cisterns. At first they carried the
water up the one-mile steep trail, 12 gallons per trip, until the new
cisterns were able to catch and store rainwater. All building
materials, including bags of heavy cement, and supplies were
carried up a trail they also had to construct. At the end of several
years they had a very livable home, which they called Yaquitepec
(YAKeete-PECK), naming it after the freedom-loving Yaqui Indians
of Sonora, Mexico, and “tepec” because it was on a hill.

The home faced magnetic east to catch the rays of the morning
sun. In its final form in the l940s, the interior of the house measured
15 feet by almost 40 feet. It looked larger because the adobe walls
were from 1-2 feet thick. There were basically two rooms. The
northern room was the front room with the entrance and large
windows. The west side of this room was screened and mouse-
proof and was used to store food. The central part of the south
room had a large adobe stove, a fireplace, a dining table, and two
food coolers. A bed area was next to the southern wall.

Adobe stove and oven at Yaquitepec

A circular 12-foot deep storage cellar with an 8-foot diameter was
located behind the house. The Souths had begun work on a third
room to the north, but only the wall was completed before they left
Yaquitepec. The Souths used a large shaded ramada outside as
an additional room, and during summer, they slept under the

They wanted to live as naturally as possible, emulating the Native
Americans whenever they could. They collected some native foods
that supplemented what they purchased. Primarily they harvested
mescal or agave each year as well as cactus fruit and chia seeds.
They were dependent on whole grains, which they purchased in
town and ground in a hand mill. They attempted to grind the whole
grains Indian fashion on granitic rock, but learned very quickly that
they could not separate the gravel from the ground grain. They
also purchased potatoes, beans, and fruit in season. Later when
they had children, they purchased condensed milk in cans until
they bought two goats that provided milk and cheese. They had
honey from beehives they kept at the foot of Ghost Mountain.
Marshal had a rifle and would hunt for rabbits.

All of their dishes and storage pots were made from local clay on
Ghost Mountain and fired in a kiln near the house. Yucca leaves
were used for webbing for chairs and to make sandals and rope.
They had a small hand loom to weave cloth and blankets, and they
made their own candles and soap.

Everything else they needed was purchased in town from income
received from Marshal’s writings. During the 1930s, that was from
the sale of short stories and novels.

The dynamics of Marshal’s and Tanya’s relationship on Ghost
Mountain changed dramatically when the children were born.
Tanya was city bred and never felt comfortable raising children on
an isolated mountaintop. She was constantly worried about their
safety and their future. Marshal had been raised in the Australian
outback. He felt very safe and comfortable living in isolation. With
the children came the beginning of many arguments and
disagreements about raising children.

Each of the three children was born in Oceanside. Tanya moved
there each time during her last month of pregnancy. Rider Del Sol
South was born in 1934. He was named for H. Rider Haggard, who
wrote King Solomon’s Mines and other novels. Rudyard Del Sol
South was born in 1937. He was named for Marshal’s favorite
writer, Rudyard Kipling. Victoria Del Sol South was born in 1940.
She was named for Queen Victoria and for the Spirit of Victory
during the dark days of war torn Europe.

The story of the Souths would have been that of any other desert
homestead family except for the fact that they became a family
everyone knew because of the monthly columns written for Desert
Magazine, beginning in December 1939. South received the one-
year contract to write a series of 12 articles after “Desert Refuge”
appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in March 1939. In that
article, he described his successful experiment in primitive living
and his family’s Robinson Crusoe existence on Ghost Mountain.

Yaquitepec in snow.

The popularity of his series called “Desert Diary” led to a
permanent monthly column that ran continuously until Tanya filed
for divorce in the fall of 1946. After the separation, South wrote a
series for Desert Magazine entitled “Desert Trails” until he died in
October 1948.

First and foremost, South was a good writer who knew his
audience. He wrote with a lyrical quality and painted vivid word
pictures. He wrote about the desert with passion. “Either you will
love it or you will hate it. If you hate it you will fly from it and never
wish to see its face again. If you love it, it will hold you and draw
you as will no other land on earth.”

Desert Magazine readers adopted his family, sending so many
Christmas presents yearly that it took literally two weeks to open all
of them. The children did not lack for toys or books. The Souths
had an extensive correspondence with readers that led to about 50
guests a year visiting Yaquitepec. They began enforcing their “no
clothes” rule to control the number of guests visiting. Guests
included representatives from the Peruvian Consulate, the Missouri
Botanical Garden, and James L. Kraft who was seeking advice
about raising cactus. For years afterwards, the Souths received a
large box of Kraft cheese for Christmas.

South wrote not only about his family’s adventures and the desert,
but also about his unconventional philosophy of life. The
naysayers, his supporters, and even his guests never knew that
things were not going well on the personal side. He took care to
only write about the positive aspects of life on Ghost Mountain. He
made life there sound so interesting. From Tanya’s perspective,
however, it was a very difficult life with no future. It was even more
difficult for her because of Marshal’s steadfastness to his own
personal beliefs and his inability to compromise and meet Tanya
part way.

Personal tension continued to mount as they both voiced different
opinions over how the children should be raised. The two moves
away from Yaquitepec in the mid 1940s set the stage for the
divorce and final move.

Marshal doing pottery with Rider watching.

Because water was such a problem with a growing family that now
consisted of three children, two goats, and two burros, the Souths
decided to move in the fall of 1942. They sealed up Yaquitepec,
packed their Model A Ford and trailer, and went in search of a new
home in Utah or Arizona. But with no money to buy land with the
needed isolation to live their chosen lifestyle, the Souths returned
to Yaquitepec a year later with determination to improve and
enlarge their cisterns. Before their plans could be completed, the U.
S. Navy asked them to move as Ghost Mountain was in the flight
path for an artillery range.

Neighbors Everett and Lena Campbell came to the rescue and
offered them the use of a comfortable stone lined shack in Storm
Canyon from July or August 1945 to June 1946. In June the Navy
moved the family and all of their belongings back to the foot of
Ghost Mountain. Marshal would not allow the Navy to carry their
household goods to Yaquitepec because the officer in charge
insisted on using a caterpillar tractor that would have left a
tremendous scar on the mountainside. So the Navy left them to
carry their own goods back up the hill.

Unbeknown to anyone outside of the immediate family was the
increased tension between Marshal and Tanya. It finally came to a
head a few months later when Tanya summoned up the courage to
file for divorce. As divorce could only be granted for cause, Tanya
exaggerated the charges.

Marshal did not contest the divorce because he felt the children
would be better off with their mother. He wrote the judge and told
him to give everything to Tanya. He only requested that the land
not be sold until the youngest child was of age. He wanted to make
sure that if Tanya could not survive in the city that she would have
a home she could return to.

Tanya’s attorney briefed Rider on what to say at the divorce
proceedings in January 1947. As instructed, he said that his father
had beaten and threatened his mother. The fact was that he had
not. But he stated that to prove cause, and a judgment favorable to
Tanya was granted.

Last photo of Marshal taken about a month before he died.

Marshal never recovered from the divorce. His whole world was
shattered. The experiment in primitive living had failed. He died in
October 1948, and he was buried in an unmarked grave, paid for
by Myrtle and Louis Botts and Marshal Jr. and his mother
Margaret. Tanya and the children did not attend the service, but
they visited the funeral home in El Cajon before the body was
taken to Julian.

Years later the location of South’s grave was lost because the
cemetery records were burned in a fire. The discovery of a letter
written by Myrtle Botts to Marshal Jr. while doing research for the
South book has established the location of the grave. The letter
gives detailed instructions on how to find the gravesite. In January
2005, the South children placed a headstone on their father’s

Tanya lived to be a few months short of 100 years. She died in
1997. She remained bitter about Marshal and her life on Ghost
Mountain to the end. In retrospect, her plan for the children seems
to have been best for them. All have had very successful lives, and
each has had their own happy and bright children.
So glad you are back and in "business" again.

Our yard drains are blocked and back up during the rains  Probably
tree roots.

I looked under the vender list and couldn't find a recommended
listing. Has anyone out there had this problem and used a service
to clean out their yard drains?

Brian J. Skeggs

Hi Brian:

I have forwarded your email to John Walters for a reply.

Thanks for your kind words.

Donna and Bob Nelson

Membership Director
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Note from Bob:

We use Jim for all of our plumbing issues. We had to use
Jim this past weekend. He is always friendly, on time and
very reasonable.

Jim lives right here in the Club.

We highly recommend him. He is on our list, click 'P' for

Desert Mist Mechanical
Web site is

We do plumbing,heating,air conditioning and pool heaters
Lic # 939172.   
C-36 Plumbing.
C-20 Air Conditioning
C-4 hot water boilers

Like to offer any residence in Bermuda Dunes Country Club
community free service charge on any repairs or installations.

James Oblachinski
PS tel # 760-777-7700 for service
Donna and Bob:

Can you please get me any information about the median project
for Montego Bay Drive. It is pathetic looking...I realize the overhead
power lines are too expensive to replace to underground. I can’t
imagine living with the street much longer. The center plantings are
overgrown, they hinder vision for pedestrians and pets walking the
narrow street with traffic. When the seasonal rains return the water
doesn’t have any where to go and it’s impossible to leave the
driveway on foot. The ONE and only true drain that emptied onto
the golf course is in front of my mailbox and it is either clogged from
debris or the pipe is broken. I’m grateful that the other streets have
been given beautiful updates and improvements... but, our narrow
dangerous street has been waiting years and years.


Stephan and Theresa Steiner

Hi Theresa and Steve:

I have forwarded your email to several people on the BDSA
Board, the Home Owners Board and John Clark. I am sure
your comments will be welcomed, and hopefully they can get
something done.

Thanks so much for contacting us.

Donna and Bob
Hello Donna,

Here is the flyer for the event coming up. If you know anybody that
may be interested in volunteering or doing a static display, please
let us know.

The more the merrier!

Thank you!

Angel Medina

Airport Operations

Bermuda Dunes Airport

79880 Avenue 42

Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

P | 760-345-2558

F | 760-345-4618


Sunnylands Center & Gardens' free outdoor movie series,
Films on the Great Lawn, is back for three Fridays in
September with classic 1950s science fiction films. No
reservation required.

Film-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and
small picnic items for the outdoor screening. Large coolers, alcohol,
smoking, and pets are not permitted. Please see information about
Sunnylands policies regarding pets and picnics. With limited
parking, carpooling is strongly advised. Admission is free.Films on
the Great Lawn are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs
International Film Festival.For more information please contact the
education department at 760-202-2234 or email



Friday, September 20
Gates - 7:00 PM | Film Begins 7:30 PM
Based on H.G. Wells' classic novel, The War of the Worlds,
Martians invade the earth, starting with a small California town.
Starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson.


Friday, September 27
Gates - 7:00 PM | Film Begins 7:30 PM
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty
alien organism while at a remote arctic o

Do cats wait for their owners to get home from work?

I don’t go to work anymore, but when I did my cats were always glad
to see me. Today when my husband and i go out for the day our cats
usually greet us at the garage door.

Why? Because we are a family. Cats have learned to enjoy human
companionship so when Daddy and Mommy come home it’s a pretty
big deal. Besides, our arrival means we are now here to serve: put
out food, refresh the water, and clean the litter box. Our cats even
know the sound our vehicle makes when it pulls in and stops. Pretty
amazing, really.

I’m sure not all cats hang on the idea of humans coming home, but
certainly many cats are happy to see their families.

Why did Mary Austin have such an arrogant attitude the minute
Freddie Mercury died?

Perhaps she was in shock that she lost the love of her life and dearest
friend to a horrible disease and on top of that she was very pregnant.
She was the one who contacted his parents that he had died,

After the funeral, she had to make arrangements to move to Garden
Lodge and take care of some details of Freddie’s will. He was gone,
but his presence was and probably still is with her. Overall, we need
to give her a bit of heartfelt sympathy as it is difficult to let go of
someone you love, let alone a dynamic one of a kind man like Freddie

No one is perfect and it appears that she was unkind to evict Peter,
Jim and Joe, but we do not know all the details. I feel she was at her
wits end after helping to care for Freddie before he died and with a
baby on the way, she could not cope with the public any longer.

More power to her.

Do cats recognize the humans they live with by smell, sight or the
sound of their voice?

All three, my friend.

Picture this: we’re coming in the door ... The cats hear the car pull up.
They’re waiting in the kitchen, sometimes up on their hind feet.  They
recognize the sound of the car and our voices as we come in from the
garage. For contrast, when a stranger comes up onto our door  Cakes
our eldest, will streak out to the front windows and growl in a high
pitch, as if she could keep people away. She’s hilarious.

Buddy got out earlier this month, and hid under bushes in the back
yard. Our friends spotted him going in and tried to talk him out. He
refused to come. I came out with treats...and he came out about three
seconds later. He knows when I say 'treats' he needs to quickly get

He knew which people he belonged to. That could have been sight,
scent, or hearing, or all three.
News & Updates

In October, we have two special events we would like to share with

October 5th - Best Beverage Catering, La Quinta Brewing
Company, and Empire Polo Club present: a $65 5-course dinner
and craft beer pairing. See details below to RSVP.

October 17th - There will be a "Polo Under the Lights" exhibition
game at 6:30 PM on Thursday, Oct. 17th. This game is open to the
public. Spectators are welcome to bring a picnic and tailgate.
Admission and parking are

Polo Players ... If you haven't reserved your stalls, please contact
Vicky Owens and let her know your plans for the season. Her
contact information is included below.

Advertising & Sales
Tony Schieffer - Tel. 760-393-7298

Polo Office & Playing Memberships
Vicky Owens - Office Tel. 760-342-7755 | Cell: 760-963-9930

Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51
Indio, CA 92201
2020 Sunday Polo Schedule
2020 Tournament Schedule
2020 Playing Fees
2020 Stabling Fees

For last year's winners and the newsletter, click
Menacing Mud on the Move
The Niland Geyser
By Kristine Bonner

On the move to Highway 111 - Will it get to the Salton Sea?

The Niland Geyser on Nov. 14, 2018 (DUSA photo)

UPDATE 09/05/19 CalTrans Press Release: CalTrans will be
directing traffic through 1-way controlled lane at various locations
from 1 mi north of Mundo to 1.9 mi south of Wister (Imperial Co) from
0100 hrs to 1900 hrs Sunday thru Friday 9/13/19 - due to construction
to contain the Niland Geyser. Construction began last week and will
continue Mondays through Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through
November. Additional closures may be necessary to accelerate the
work—up to 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The work is part
of an expedited project to build a temporary road to provide access
to SR-111 as a natural-occurring geyser, in existence since 1953,
moves toward the existing highway. Caltrans will rebuild SR-111 as
the geyser moves west and beyond the temporary road. A full
closure of SR-111 and an extensive out-of-way detour for up to two
weeks is planned later in the project. More details will be provided
in advance of the full closure. The geyser/mud pot is releasing
water, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide gases in low
concentrations and does not pose a health hazard. In the past 11
years, the geyser has moved slowly; however, the rate of movement
has increased, and the geyser has already encroached the railroad
right of way impacting Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Caltrans has coordinated with local, state, and other partners for
this mitigation and is now implementing this emergency project to
expedite the work. For safety reasons, there is no access to the mud
pot and public site visits are prohibited. Source: CalTrans

Dubbed the “Slow One”, a mud pot five miles northwest of Niland,
California is making history. The Niland Geyser, an odiferous,
bubbly mud pool, first appeared in 1953 and was a typical,
stationary mudpot until some time around 2007 when it began to
move westward. Its progress was slow at first, but since April of
2018 it has grown increasingly mobile and now has moved 240 feet
from its original site, leaving an unstable wet swath of ground
behind. The Slow One is now perilously close to Highway 111, the
Kinder Morgan petroleum pipeline and Verizon’s buried fiber-optic
cables. It has already disrupted Union Pacific’s railroad tracks.

Mud pots are not unusual in thermal areas, places where heated
water and gas bubble up through underground cracks and
crevices, warmed from the Earth’s hot interior. The water and
hydrogen sulfide gas combine to form sulphuric acid, which breaks
down the rock into the stinky mud, while escaping carbon dioxide
bubbles up. This mud pot is not particularly hot though, measuring
about 80 degrees. In addition, it’s emitting much more water than
most mud pots, about 40,000 gallons a day. Experts are now calling
it a mud spring.

The Niland Geyser in October, 2018 (UPRR Photo)

In June of 2018, Imperial County declared an emergency for the
area. Efforts to contain, drain, or otherwise stop the migrating mud
spring have proved fruitless. Union Pacific attempted to build a
wall, digging 75 feet down to stop the mud spring, but it bubbled
underneath and past the barrier. The rail line has created a
temporary alternate track, a Shoofly, to route around the muddy
pool. If it gets close to the 111, traffic will have to be rerouted.

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 5–9 p.m.

60 ft. Christmas Tree Lighting
Live Entertainment: Stevie Nicks Illusion
Tastes and Spirits
Fashion Presentation
5-Story Ferris Wheel
Photos with Santa Claus, and more!Saturday,
November 23, 2019, 5–9 p.m.


Fabulous updates on our community; I've missed you.

Thanks for the kind words Betty. We have missed you as


To: <>
Subject: Re: Bermuda Dunes Community Blog and Website

You’ve mentioned the sale of the “club” in emails &
the last one, but there is nothing about it in the community blog.  
What is going on ?  Is the golf course “club” for sale ?

We have been asked by the powers that be at the Club not to
discuss details of the sale, other than it is still in Escrow.



Dear BDCA Homeowners:

Please click the link below to view the Executive and Open Session
Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Executive Session Time: 2:00 PM (Closed)
Location: BDSA Security Admin Building, 79-021 Avenue 42,
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

Open Session Time: 3:00 PM
Location: BDSA Security Admin Building, 79-021 Avenue 42,
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

Click to View: Executive and Open Session Meeting Agenda for
September 24, 2019

Please contact Desert Resort Management with any questions you
may have at (760) 346-1161 or by email:


John Walters-Clark, CMCA, AMS
Director of Marketing/Business Development
Community Association Manager
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Bermuda Dunes Community Association  

Desert Resort Management,
42-635 Melanie Place, Ste 103, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Office: 760-346-1161/Fax: 760-346-9918
Customer Service:

Your account is already set up and ready to use. Simply download
TownSq in the app store using your mobile device at with your Associa/HOA account number and
zip code.

Any of our customer service representatives are available to assist
you with any questions you may have regarding TownSq and its
initial set-up. Please feel free to call Desert Resort Management at
760.346.1161 or TownSq Support at 844.281.1728.
Bermuda Dunes Community Association Executive Session Meeting
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (Closed) Executive Session at 2:00
Bermuda Dunes Administration Building, 79-021 Ave 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203

President – Charlie Bishop, Vice President – Brett Coor, Mike
Soran – Treasurer,
Janet McMurtrey – Secretary, Director – Barbara Black
Bermuda Dunes Community Association Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (Open) Regular Session, 3:00 PM.
Bermuda Dunes Administration Building, 79-021 Ave 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203
President – Charlie Bishop, Vice President – Brett Coor, Mike
Soran – Treasurer,
Janet McMurtrey – Secretary, Director – Barbara Black
160-6429, 160-7635, 160-8074, 161-0350, 161-0884, 160-9934,
160-6458, 161-3548, 160-7282,
161-1647, 160-6348, 160-9701, 160-6979, 160-9109, 161-0606,
160-6636, 160-7156
Nothing currently.
a. Lot One Status
b. Prepaying Lot Cleaning Charges
The next BDCA Board of Directors Open Session Meeting will be
held on October 22, 2019 at
3 PM in the BDCA Admin Building

Thanks so much for keeping this blog going over all of these years.

This last one really gave us a comprehensive report on all the
things that are happening in Bermuda Dunes.

We are happy to hear the Trunk or Treat event is happening again
this year.

Sandra and Dale

Thanks so much for your kind words. They are sure

Deanna Lynn Baldwin passed away July 3rd, 2019 at her home in
Bermuda Dunes, California.

She was born in Danbury, Connecticut on August 23rd, 1944 to
Ruth and Elias Richmond, and grew up in Pawling, New York. She
graduated from Pawling High School in 1962, and she attended
Skidmore College to study Art and French. After college she began
work in the publishing industry with Ski Magazine. Her work and
passion for adventure lead her to travel and live many places
around the globe before moving to several ski towns in Colorado.
While living in Vail, Colorado, she met Samuel Curt Baldwin and
they were married November 8th, 1980. Their only child Clayton
Baldwin was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1982. Deanna
and her family moved to the Coachella Valley in Southern
California in the late 80s, where she worked for several companies
in the marketing industry.

On top of a successful career she always found time to give back
and be a part of many charity causes close to her heart. No matter
how busy she was with her own work and passions, her top priority
was always to her family and being involved in anything Sam and
Clayton were a part of. Her incredible passion and love of art,
photography, her family, and her dog Teek was evident
immediately to anyone that ever met her. After being diagnosed
with breast cancer, and years later with metastatic breast cancer,
she became an advocate for all women going through breast
cancer, and devoted a majority of her time to support these women
in any and all ways she could.

She is survived by her husband Samuel Baldwin, her son Clayton
Baldwin, her sister Francis Laurie and husband George, her
brother Nathaniel Richmond and wife Anne. She is also survived by
her in-laws Bill Baldwin and his wife Bonnie, Larry Baldwin and his
wife Lynne, Joyce Holtzclaw and her husband Mark, Clark Baldwin
and his wife Shiloy, Lucille Tietz, Ted Baldwin and Kristy, as well
as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on August 10th in Palm Desert,
California. Please RSVP to for
location and details on the celebration.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations please be made to and/or Stand Up To Cancer.
This guy's out of business

Theresa S

Hi Theresa:

This is a GREAT reminder...if anyone finds that one of
our vendors is out of business, please let us know.

Dear BDSA Homeowners,

Just sending out a quick reminder of the Construction and
Vendor hours of your community. Per community rules they

Monday thru Friday - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday and National Holidays - Emergencies Only

Use of noise producing equipment and tools is only permitted
during the above referenced construction and vendor hours,
except in the case of an emergency*.

If you have any questions please contact Security at
760-360-1322 or message us on TownSq.


John Walters-Clark, CMCA, AMS
Director of Marketing/Community Association Manager
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Bermuda Dunes Security Association  
Bermuda Dunes Community Association

*an emergency shall mean an unforeseen occurrence that a
reasonable person could expect to result in severe damage
to the Residential Lot or surrounding property without
immediate service by a professional contractor or service
Dear BlogFolks,
After reading Stephan and Theresa’s letter about Montego Bay
Drive, I’d like to put in my two bits!!  We have been on that street
since the 70’s.  
No Improvements have ever been made!! The street keeps getting
higher and the median gets lower with each paving.  We need
curbs, drains and new plantings.
I understood that our street was scheduled for upgrading in 2020,  ’
t heard anything about it.  A few years ago we had to put up our
Own barrier to keep the water from the street from going into our
driveway and flooding our house!!
Please forward my concerns to the proper people!!
Thank you so much for your blog!!
Linda Lervick

Hi Linda: There is  a meeting today at the Club. Wish you
were in town so you could attend.

Thanks to Ron and Carol for this great spot. I have already
tried it out...they are almost as good as Grandma Mae's.

I would give place a 9 out of 10

We have removed this business from our list.
Fall isn’t here quite yet. The first day of fall will take place on
Sept. 23, 2019, which is next Monday. It will then last all the
way through December 21, 2019. It’s funny, you would think
that fall is already here. What with all the pumpkin spice that
has been making its way onto store shelves and cafe menus.

Happy First Day of Fall Quotes

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when
everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been
saving up all year for the grand finale.”
— Lauren DeStefano, Wither

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous
ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint
of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have
missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your
favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the
afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he
has done since last he saw you.”
— Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal
sunshine by staying in the house.”
— Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks
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“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
— Humbert Wolfe

The new Trunk or Treat flyer is now on the Blog. Please
check it out as there have been some changes made this year.
I received the following email from Carley:

Here is a recap of how this event started here at BDCC.

I had attended a Trunk or Treat event in Oregon. I came back
very enthused about this type of venue for our Country Club.

There was lots of contentious and ambivalent feelings in our
Community due to the RCM - resident community membership
and the club was slowly running out of money.

Rob and I both felt that this could help the community to
come together and maybe event get some new members.

Thank you Rob for allowing us to proceed with this highly
attended event.

The very first event was hosted by Christie and Rick Solano.
They paid for everything! What a powerhouse couple they

They moved away and the event continued. It has now
grown so large that we are concerned that the small,
community oriented venue is getting out of hand.

Bob is on the BDSA Board. He talked with Robert Nagels
who is the president to see if there would be some way to
control the crowds better.

His advice was to tell people who live 'inside' the gates not
to invite friends outside the gates to attend this year . I know
this sounds rather harsh, but we really do want this to be a
PRIVATE event for our own kids and grandkids.

And as you should know by now, the Club has been sold
and we will have new owners soon. We don't know what
their desires may be.

There will be
no hot dogs or beverages at this event. So
make sure you feed your little ones before heading up to the

I'm so excited to hear the trunk or treat is happening this
year again!!! I'll miss the hot dogs and totally wouldn't
mind paying for a good hot dog!

Originally when this even started, the vision was to make
it a community event and a safe place for the
neighborhood kids to have Halloween. Last year it
seemed like more outside people then Bermuda Dunes
Country Club Residents. I heard whispers that they're
welcoming outsiders because it would promote the club.
That maybe true but it lost that home town feeling and
since of community. I'm  hoping that the flood gates don't
open this year to takes the safety and
pleasure out of this magical event.