Desolation

Glaciers carve the land, scraping the soil away, exposing stone, and all semblance of life is abolished from the earth. Glaciers recede, depositing boulders, large and small, like frozen trolls on the bleak landscape. The wind blows carrying with it particles of sand, seeds of plants, which snuggle into the crooks and crannies of the…

The Opera, Pupfish, and Ghost Towns

Continued… As the diffuse morning light painted the landscape in pastel we packed up and left the desert rat enclave of Tecopa and headed toward Death Valley Junction. Death Valley Junction is a small desert town with a population of less than 20 people. The town was formed in the 1920s with the backing of…

Hippies, Date Palms and Mud Mites

For thanksgiving we explored corners of the desert we had not been to before. Our five day road trip started in the depths of the Mojave, took us over arid mountains and into Death Valley. We finished our trip by popping out by the eastern Sierra. I realize I write an awful lot about the…

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

For three days salt has encrusted my hair, I have drank more beer than water, and spent more time in the waves then on dry ground. Welcome to Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, a very sandy paradise. After 10 years of living so close to the border I have finally made it down to…

Boondocking

Sometimes a little patch of dirt at the end of a long dusty road is as close to heaven as you can get.

Mountain Senses

Breath deep; the mountain air is thin yet it fills the lungs and brain to capacity. Heavy boots fly weary bones to the pass between two ragged peaks overlooking 11,000 feet of rock, wildflowers, and air. Take the dusty steep trail down to a pool of sapphire crystal. The edges of the glassy water so…

Hiking: Mount Morrison

When many Southern Californians head to the beach during the hot summer months I prefer that glorious drive up the 395 to the Eastern Sierras. The goal of my latest trip was to summit Mt Morrison. Morrison is a 12,000 foot peak which is perched above Convict lake. It’s about an 8 mile round trip and there is no designated trail head so it involves some bushwhacking and game trail navigation. The views are worth the work.

Ten Sleep Wyoming – By Valarie Tes Anderson

For the first installment of Hidden Corners we will be visiting the small town of Ten Sleep Wyoming. My dear friend Valarie Anderson sure did her research on this one. THE WILD BLUE YONDER Valarie Tes Anderson I’m a California native. While there is an endless supply of outdoor arenas to visit in my home state, they…