Travels in the SW – US -day 4
day 4 – part one
Camping at the Mojave National Preserve changed my idea (born of interstate travel) about boring deserts forever. The Mojave Preserve was totally enchanting. I’m tempted to devote more than a single post to the surprising beauty I found.
Approaching the fringes of desert country, spotting Joshua Trees and Cholla Cactus and mountains in the distance.Add in some Yucca and we’re off to a good start.The RoadRunner seemed to be a theme throughout this trip. 🙂The sticker and broken window (in the previous picture) were found in the tiny town of Inyokern on the way to the Mojave Desert. After brunch, we did a bit of window (chain link fence?) shopping. A friend had been looking for a clawfoot bathtub. We rather hoped we’d found one for her, but wondered how we’d get it back to Oregon?Creative spirit alive even in Inyokern. Arriving at Mojave Desert National Preserve.Cholla… being careful because everything seems so prickly, albeit beautiful when viewed up close.
The cactus of the high desert is a small grubby, obscure and humble vegetable associated with cattle dung and overgrazing, interesting only when you tangle with it the wrong way. Yet from this nest of thorns, this snare of hooks and fiery spines, is born once each year a splendid flower. It is unpluckable and except to an insect almost unapproachable, yet soft, lovely, sweet, desirable, exemplifying better than the rose among thorns the unity of opposites.
― Edward Abbey “Desert Solitaire