Lu-cerne (l-sûrn) n. Chiefly British Alfalfa Val·ley (vl) n. An elongated lowland between ranges of mountains, hills, or other uplands. Lucerne Valley is located at an elevation of 3,000 feet in the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert. It encompasses about 400 square miles and is sometimes referred to as the "Crossroads of the High Desert". It is located 35 miles south of Barstow, 45 miles northwest of Yucca Valley on State Highway 247. Lucerne Valley is 15 miles southeast of Apple Valley, the home of Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans. It is also 25 miles from the mountain resort area of Big Bear Lake on Hwy. 18 that bisects the town area. Climate & Seasons Sunshine 365 days per year. (366 on leap year!) ******** Rainfall 3.85 inches per year. (all in one afternoon) ********* Humidity Less than 30% average. (much less) ********* Winter Occasional snow (Pipe wrapping recommended) ********* Summer Warm days, need coolers. Cool breezy nights. ********* Spring & Fall Superb
I boarded with the wife of a sailor who was "somewhere in the Pacific" and her daughter, Nancy, on their ranch about five miles from the school. We rode horses to school and tied them to a hitching rail in the shade of the cottonwood trees near the watering trough. The school had only two classrooms and an office, as I recall, with a windswept yard with playground equipment such as a merry-go-round, tether ball, and teeter totters.