DESERT DEPOT

Original article by Eleanor Engelstad (May 1986) In the spring of 1968, Jim Fish and his wife Katie, were traveling along old U.S. 80 just west of Winterhaven, California, when they came upon a group of retired people camping near the highway in RVs. In today‚Äôs parlance these people were snowbirds boondocking in the desert. The term “snowbirds” originally referred …