Past, Present, and Future

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2015 by thedesertfiles

If you were able to, you could come back to this very spot in 1,000 years and see the same beautiful stretch of desert, virtually unchanged.

Out here you can see the past, present, and future at the same time.

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New Jeep Concepts for Easter Jeep Safari

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2015 by thedesertfiles

This is my favorite. A mild lift, with 35″ tires, Dana 44s front and back, and outfitted for Overlanding. Check out those jerry can mounts too. So many fantastic ideas.


The return of Don Draper

Posted in Uncategorized on March 8, 2015 by thedesertfiles

Last October our beloved desert tortoise disappeared. We searched the backyard, canvassed the neighborhood, placed flyers on doorsteps, and rang many doorbells. After a few weeks we had given up hope that Don Draper would ever come back. Turns out the little butt was hiding deep in the shed. Pops opened up the door today and he was right there waiting to come out. 38 year old Don Draper is back!


Keep Your Head Up

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2015 by thedesertfiles

You never know what you might find around the corner.

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My Window to the World

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2015 by thedesertfiles

Pick a spot as you look out the window and let’s find a way to get there. It might take longer than expected, we may get lost, but we’ll find a way. This is my window to the world.

Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

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At the Abyss…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2015 by thedesertfiles

I stand at the edge of the abyss.

Gentle wisps of wind flow over the hills.

Far off in the distance the shadows of the sun grow longer.

The first star rises over the plateau.

I am home…

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Getting kids out there…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2015 by thedesertfiles

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. rachel(My good friends 6 year old Niece…great to see her explore at such a young age).

Petroglyphs in the Desert

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2014 by thedesertfiles

Came across this Petroglyph in the El Paso Mountains. It’s always fascinating to think about who created it, what their name was, what they might have looked like, and how they lived their life out in the desert.


Mojave Moonlight: Tom Lowe

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2014 by thedesertfiles

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 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.







A New Trail

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2014 by thedesertfiles

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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