My previous camping location in California was enjoyable in many ways. Mostly warm days but cool in the evenings. The desert wind was a new experience that was–let’s just say not always enjoyable! I had never been in the desert before, so there were many new things to see. I got a lot of hiking in.
(Click each photo for a larger version and to more easily read captions).
These little trees (bushes?) were everywhere
Lots of landscapes to see. Some, as in this shot, were man-made.
Lots of mining in this area. This large wood structure was used to load rock onto trucks.
My walking buddy and I bravely took this route up a nearby hill that had been mined in the past. (We are both acrophobic)
View from a plateau near the top. The line of 4wd vehicles below give an idea of our elevation. (These tours came thru the area regularly. It’s a mecca for dune buggies and such).
Broad view of a sprawling desert. Again, providing a perspective there is a many-car train in the distance. It looks like a toy from this vantage point.
Unusual desert beauty
Beauty that’s also prickly
Another view of the common tree/bush mentioned earlier
A close-up shows more prickly
Anyone who knows me understands if there’s a wildflower anywhere in the vicinity, I have to get a photo.
More desert beauty. And, yes, a closeup reveals thorns
A common view: a sandy surface, a “wash” with a few green trees/plants, and stunning, rugged mountains in the distance
A prevalent resident which was a good reason for me to keep my Epi pen handy. (A video would have given a better “picture” but I didn’t stick around long enough for that).
A fierce wild desert animal. Actually this is Cosmo, a new friend’s beautiful little dog. I can’t pronounce his breed, much less spell it.
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4 thoughts on “South California Desert”
That man made landscape actually looks pretty cool
Doesn’t it? I thought so, too!
I didn’t know the desert until we lived in Egypt. I had no idea how beautiful it is.
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I don’t remember you telling me you lived in Egypt. When was that? I had the opportunity to go there in 2011. It was very interesting and enjoyable but I must say Cairo was…um…busy. I enjoyed the countryside, the Nile cruise, etc., much more. We flew out from Cairo the day before the revolution began that year. I don’t think we understood how serious it was until we returned to the states (although I’m sure our tour company was looking out for us while we were there).