why the desert?

It’s hard to put a finger on what it is about the desert that pulls you in. When we think of wilderness we often, especially if we aren’t real familiar with it, picture it as a gentle, peaceful, idyllic place. […]

slobivius americanus

That great sage, Edward Abbey, once coined a latin name that aptly applies to far too many of us — slobivius americanus. Astute observer that he was, he nailed it in his own inimitable way. Public lands are a great treasure. […]

the call of the desert

As I spend more time exploring Joshua Tree and the areas around it, I really find myself tuning in to the places I connect with the most. I certainly do love the northern and western areas of the park with […]


Now that I have my camp set up and staked out to withstand (I hope) some of these desert winds, I can enjoy some hikes out into the desert itself. I hesitate though to call what I do hiking. I […]

the desert speaks

At first glance the desert isn’t very inviting. Not only does it seem uninviting, but it actually seems forbidding. You see little but sand, low scrub, cactus and other gnarly brittle tough looking plants, and dry bare wrinkled folded up […]

date shakes

Every so often you stumble across one of those pleasant surprises that make your day. The Oasis Date Gardens at Thermal, California was one of those. I was on my way early one morning to the Salton Sea from Indio when I […]

salton sea — first impressions

About the last thing you’d expect to see in a hot, bone-dry place like the desert is a large body of water. If you didn’t know it was there, coming upon the Salton Sea would be quite a shock. Even […]