January 5, 2018 at 8:25 pm


From bright lights, big city…to full dark, many stars.

Author and journalist John Turner recently moved with his wife Kari from Los Angeles to Desert Hot Springs, CA, a burg of about 25,000 a few miles north of Palm Springs. DHS, as the town is called by local folk, is home to several spa resorts, all fed from natural mineral springs deep below the earth’s surface. Its proximity to both Palm Springs to the south and Joshua Tree National Park, which is a half-hour’s drive north, make DHS a beautiful location.

“I’ll tell you what’s not so beautiful, though: August,” Turner said from his new home, which is a sprawling ranch located in the middle of nowhere. The temperature in the region regularly hits triple digits–in fact, the town of Indio, just a few miles east, recently made a list of the hottest inhabited places in the world. “Kari and I have already made damn sure our A/C is in fine working order,” Turner quipped.

The couple made the move with two friends with whom Kari has been working since 2017. The friends bought a three-acre property with a gorgeous main house and a smaller–yet equally charming–guest cottage. John and Kari jumped at the chance to escape their tiny studio apartment in L.A., and are currently decorating their new cottage home.

John is still busy with his freelancing, and remains hard at work helping create the site Dog Learn, an online encyclopedia of dog breeds. He also recently purchased a 2015 Toyota Prius in which he will drive for Lyft and Uber in the Palm Springs area.

“A lot of beautiful changes are happening, all at once,” he said. “And you know, Kari and I are both ready. For all of it.”