Saturday, April 04, 2009

In the Desert

In the desert you can remember your name
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain.

-- Not Neil Young

So, it sounds like I'm to make my first trek into the Mojave Desert, to a place near California City. A half-First-Nations man with a Thai wife have given us their permission and blessing to use their 250-acre desert land for two weeks starting Monday. If we can pull it together, it promises to be a fruitful trip. They have a house, a motor home, and a wooden Thai-style bungalow. I get to stay in the latter. If all goes well, this might be a place for the "rainy" season. You laugh... read this:

(From "Mojave Desert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia")

Summer weather is dominated by heat — temperatures on valley floors can soar above 120 °F (49 °C) and above 130 °F (54 °C) at the lowest elevations — and the presence of the North American monsoon. Low humidity, high temperatures and low pressure draw in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, creating thunderstorms across the desert southwest. While the Mojave does not get nearly the amount of rainfall that the Sonoran desert to the east receives, monsoonal moisture will create thunderstorms as far west as California's Central Valley from mid-June through early September.

The property itself has five ponds and a dozen or so full-size trees. I can't find it yet on Google maps, but it's in this area:

35.295029, -117.963295 (plug this into google maps)

It used to be a hunt club, now it's a refuge for Canada geese and the like (Canada monks, etc...). More on this to come.