Ground Control to Major Bill…

After docking our traveling space vehicle, the Airstream Safari, at this remote base station below Ghost Mountain in the California desert under the rising full moon earlier this month, we set up camp and enjoyed eating spicy food under the stars. While listening to yipping coyotes and the crackling campfire and watching the flickering lights dance on the trailer, my mind wandered to more reports of strange lights over the skies of San Diego and to thoughts about the ghostly legends of this Ghost Mountain area.

These thoughts evaporated into the thin and dry desert air the following day as I protected my skin from the burning rays of the sun while I shaved with the help of the trailer’s Vista View window, which was now multi-tasking as a mirror.


But theses peculiar thoughts returned again after dinner at sunset…


along with the ghostly moonlight and clouds that began looking like dragons…


Then I saw it… an object flying over the trailer that I could not identify…


streaking across the sky and I remembered flashing lights reported by NASA. Could this be the Ghost Lights of Anza-Borrego? It seemed to land on the other side of Ghost Mountain and I was determined to locate it, so I closed the pod bay doors and prepared to launch our custom-ordered Airstream using its built-in De Laval nozzles.


I enjoyed the view as our Airstream rose up from the desert floor…


But I began to sense that something was not quite right when the vertical thrusters could not be shut down and the craft drifted higher into dark space…

and the stars began to look a different way…


Before losing my internet connection, I quickly checked Airforums, but was shocked to see no one had started a thread on this problem. As I started to lose contact with Ground Control, I wondered if I would ever be able to return to the desert…


or if it was all due to the spicy food… I did feel like I was floating in a most peculiar way in our aluminum can… but I think it knows which way to go…

Ground ControlCan you hear me now?


  1. says

    Dude. I lurve Ziggy Stardust and the Spider from Mars…and those starry pictures of the Airstream are perfectly retro…Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Bill says

    Sadira. I also luv this song and just found a rare and original video of this song, “David Bowie – Space Oddity”, (original video, 1969) on You Tube, which you’ve inspired me to add as a link to the second “Ground Control” phrase in my posting above. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you!

  3. says

    Next time instead of spicy food, take your protein pills and put your helmet on … but always remember, Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  4. Bill says

    Zac Sunderland is a young lad (who just turned 17) and is also “floating in a most peculiar way”. This home-schooled Californian departed Marina del Rey last June to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by yacht.

    Hear and read about his fascinating story that includes brushes with pirates and storms in this recent NPR broadcast:

    His yacht, Intrepid, is equipped with 7 video cameras. See his on-board videos on You Tube:

    He is currently in the Indian Ocean and keeping an eye on a developing storm off Madagascar as he heads toward Cape of Good Hope. Read his blog and see his photo gallery: