OCT. 15 AND 16... or Oct. 22 and 23 and pop by some 90 studios and spots on the self-guided ramble-about. Prepare to admire metal work, jewelry, woodwork, sculpture, painting, photography, and a host of other pieces fashioned from all sorts of materials. Prepare, too, to meet artists along the way (and if you have your heart set on meeting a person you admire, make sure that their studio is open the weekend you attend). And prepare to soak in those mega vistas, the kind of stretched-out views of land and sky that provide instant inspiration to the many makers who call the Morongo Basin home. The desert, after all, gives and gives, and inspiration, and magic, can strike at any time. To see this at work, call upon the Hwy 62 Open Studios Art Tour for a spirit-emboldening experience.