You never know what you might find around the corner.
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Some of the best memories of my childhood were when my folks would take the family to a different national park each summer. During the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade my parents took us through Utah up to Yellowstone. Along the way we stopped at Zion and Bryce national parks. It was there where I first fell in love with the desert. The stark beauty, the wildlife, and the ghosts of those who passed through on their journey West so long ago, impacted me even at that young age. Had my parents not taken us out into the wilderness I would not have the appreciation and passion for nature and travel that I hold so close to my heart. If you have a child in your life…get out into the wilderness and open the world for them. (My good friends 6 year old Niece…great to see her explore at such a young age).
In May of this year I was fortunate enough to take another 4 day trek in the Mojave Preserve. On day 2 we stopped at the Kelso Depot where we found the Mojave Moonlight exhibit by photographer Tom Lowe. See more of his work at http://tomlowephoto.com/. Someday, I hope to have his pictures hanging in my home.
They capture the incredible serenity of a what a night in the Mojave feels like. Imagine you are deep in the desert, far from any major roads or highways. The only thing you can hear is the distant whisper of the desert wind and you are able to look around for miles under the bright blue light of the full moon. There isn’t anything else like it.
You never know what’s around the next corner. The best part of driving into the depths of the wilderness is that you are constantly surprised by the beauty you find. Not a soul within sight. No cell reception. No emails.
Sometimes you’ll be on a trail, driving so damn slow because the Jeep feels like it could roll at any moment. Your knuckles are white and palms sweaty, and your hoping that what ever is around the next corner is flat.
However, most of the time you find scenes like this…and the white knuckle moment was completely worth it.
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