Destination: Yuma, Ariz.

For the December 2016 issue of DESERT magazine, I road-tripped from Quartzsite to Yuma, Ariz., to capture the sights recommended by veteran band manager Rick Marino. One flat tire and hundreds of miles later, and I'd seen everything from dilapidated ghost towns to an iconic bookstore.

My first stop was Reader's Oasis Books in Quartzsite, where owner Paul Winer sells thousands of second-hand books in only a G-string. A performing pianist, Winer is full of information about the city and more than happy to play recordings of his tunes over the sound system.

Next, Rick's recommendations took me to Castle Dome City and Museum, an old ghost town just about 40 miles north of Yuma. 

It's like a time capsule of the Wild, Wild West. Great to families and couples alike, I'd recommend this road trip to anyone with a Saturday to spare.