My last camping adventure before returning to San Francisco for the summer took me to the Mojave Desert in June 2018. Temperatures reached about 105 degrees. I spent the days exploring in my car so I could run the ac and cool off a bit between stops.
As you can see by my campsite, shade is non existent.
I explored during the heat of the day to run my ac. My car is a real trooper.
The camp site
No shade for miles and miles
And miles and miles
The fire pit
This tent lied about its size. I had to sleep diagonally!
Sleeping diagonally wasn’t comfy so I opened the cot and sleep with my feet out the second night
View from my tent
Deserts sunsets are the best
While exploring I came upon more than a few sad and abandoned dreams in one form or another.
This one if particularly pathetic.
Which left me wondering how does one survive in the Mojave Desert? Of course, nature has done a much better job.
There was quite a variety of droppings and scat in the camp site and surrounding area.
And more scat
This home looks abandoned as well
It seems the things that survive in the Mojave are not terribly big
This survivor is no taller than my shoulders and is covered in tiny q-tip sized balls of fluff.
Before the fluff balls this esert was covered in tiny yellow flowers. Now only a few remain.
This little cactus is growing strong.
But it sure is tiny.
Here’s another tiny survivor.
One of the last hold outs of spring
Sometimes small is big.
But humans aren’t inclined to give up. And even though small things seems to thrive in California’s Mojave Desert, big things seem to be sprouting about 5 miles from the camp site.
What is it? It’s a half mile of black gold being trucked in
Those piles are as big as the 18 wheelers that hauled the dirt in.
Beautiful, rich soil.
What do you think they are planning to grow? Bigger question is where do you think the water will come from? Is this another broken dream in the making, or is Mojave Desert heading for big changes? Time will tell.
Is this the end of the broken dreams in the Mojave Desert?
Will this be the last of the abandoned hopes?
But that won’t stop new dreamers from trying
I say come with your fresh inspiration.
Bring your new dreams.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.