Mojave National Preserve

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Summary: We drove for hours on virtually deserted roads throughout the Mojave National Park in really intense heat. From a distance everything looked barren but when we trekked through it we realised there is plenty of colour and life.

Shrnutí v češtině: Po několika hodinách cesty po téměř prázdných silnicích v Mojavské poušti jsme byli téměř u cíle, kterým bylo místo zvané Hole-in-the-Wall (díra ve skále). Ale... 10 km před cílem jsme narazili na zátarasy a museli jsme pokračovat krátkou "pouze" 170ti kilometrovou objížďkou. Poušť byla super, stejně tak procházka kolem děravých skal.

It was really hot, late 30s, but the automatic car was great and really comfortable to drive with aircon and cruise control on the big open highways (oh how quickly J forgot about her wee 206). The landscape was a vast expanse of dry mountainous land seemingly stretching forever. A while after our turn off towards Mojave we met very little traffic and could drive an hour with only meeting 1 other car- a total world away from Vegas a few hours earlier. At one stage we were driving through a remote desert area with the only vegetation for miles around being tall, strange, cactus-like trees. This turned out to be a Joshua tree forest and we later discovered that Joshua trees are confined mostly to the Mojave Desert (where of course Bono and co hung out in '86 to get a few snaps for their cover to apparently best illustrate the open spaces of America).

We drove towards the ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ information centre by the shortest route however 7 miles from the centre the road (dirt track) was closed due to road works. So we had to do a 100 mile detour as our next best option. We arrived to the Hole-in-the-Wall in the cooler evening (named so by a local resident after the better known area of same name in Wyoming made famous by Butch Cassidy etc). It was deserted and the centre was closed but we trekked an hour along the ring trail through cactuses, small bushes and plants, rocks and desert flowers, birds, lizards and rabbits. There was an incredibly strong sweet smell of flowers and sage which was growing all around. We met no one else but it was so calm and peaceful and totally untouched by human interference. It was like something out of an old western. We left at sunset and drove 2hours to Baker to sleep. We then drove to Death Valley the next day.
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