Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Smith Ranch Drive-in

Smith Ranch Drive-In Theater
The credits were rolling about 12:45 a.m. when I woke up, and the waning moon was rising. We were parked at Smith Ranch Drive-In Theater in Twentynine Palms.

Our friend Kip, or "Rudyard" as he is known in some circles, joined us. Ken and Kip sat in front of the car and dutifully watched San Andreas and Mad Max: Fury Road. We were parked next to a truckload of Marines. They were parked backwards, sitting on the tail gate. The one closest to me sat board straight and jogged nervously in place through the entire first feature. He 'bout drove me nuts, bless his heart, so I moved to the car, and about halfway through Mad Max I fell asleep.

To be fair, I'd seen both movies before and it had been a very long day.

My favorite part about going to the drive in is the wildlife. While we waited outside the gates to pay, scores of lesser nighthawks crisscrossed the skies catching bugs in the gloaming. Skyscraper palms and fully laden pomegranate trees lined the road to the theater.

Once the movies started I could see bats darting through the movie light looking for snacks and I could hear a coyote singing nearby.

Where else can you go these days, for $5.00 each and get such a slice of life?