|Happy to get an invite to join this fun-four - Emily, Travis, Kristy and Corey with Bill - before taking off for the desert.
Our Friday drive is minus the high winds of the last few days, with bright blue, clear skies. I've Google'd the Spaceport RV Park in the little town of Mojave, California, and I know it's "rough". At $20/night with 30 amp FHUs I also know it's perfect for our short sojourn.
The sewer hookup isn't great so we get an occasional "whiff", but everything else works fine in our level dirt site. We're surrounded by seasonals and permanent residents who are all quiet, with less dogs than anywhere we've stayed. There is a small patch of green by the showerhouse so Tessa is happy with our new digs.
|A real Tonka truck in Boron.
|Makes the Jeep look like the toy.
|The top of the wheel is taller than the top of my head.
|A good year. For firetrucks and people!
Although there is little other sign of life here, Christmas carols are playing loudly across the street from where we park, and teenagers are practicing a holiday play or concert on the small outdoor stage by the community center. Love it :-)
We find a power line road and just drive out into the desert. It's why we're here. Wide open spaces with no sound (not even any birds today), and just us. Perfect.
|Behind the multi-acre borax mine.
|Sadly the Thomas Fire is visible beyond the mountains.
|No longer in operation, this military communication building makes an interesting visual.
|Decades of time in the desert and I'm still delighted by the amount of color.
|I love the balance of soft
|Even with our renewed love of the desert, this might be a bit too remote for us :-)
|A very wide, divided highway.
|Miles and miles of concrete fins.
|Unlike the open aqueduct I grew up near, this one is completely underground. Repairs must be challenging!
|More big views.
|We find this little canyon where our trail guide hides to see if we're paying attention.
|Jagged canyon walls on one side.
|We climb to the top of the other side where we find signs of non-intelligent life.
|A holiday sprig decorates the solid canyon wall.
|In the otherwise concrete looking surface, Bill finds this single rock
|where erosion is making a pool around it. We love finding interesting treasures like this.
|Heading into the "desert pin-striping" application section.
Some have commented that wind turbines kill birds. Blind birds? Stupid birds? They're huge white blades you can see from a mile away - perhaps they're helping with natural selection.
When solar farms are built they include tortoise-proof fences that keep the critters from entering the area. Admittedly the issue with "cooking" birds who fly over acres of heat-producing panels is of real concern as they can't anticipate the danger in advance. I believe a resolution will be found soon. Neither will scar or pollute the planet - especially not for 100's of years like other resources.
After six weeks in Valencia we'd had enough city, were feeling out of balance. How wonderful that we can pull up the jacks and head out to a few days in the desert.