Nice day today, a little cloudy but I like clouds. The 10 day forecast looks like 80s are going to be the norm for highs but with humidity in the teens, and 50s and 60s at night its just about perfect for me.
I went for a hike in the desert yesterday, I didn't go far, 10 maybe 15 miles...... no wait, I meant yards, 10 or 15 yards. I try not to even drive 15 miles if I can help it. Like I said I didn't go far, but walking in the desert is about the only thing I can do around here that I'm positive doesn't expose me to the plague.
There were no hills where I was hiking so my pictures aren't very interesting, but that's never stopped me from showing my pictures before so it won't stop me now. The area around the LTVA is pretty much flat as a pancake with the only things breaking up the flatness are the small and medium-sized arroyos that cut through the land.
One of the reasons I don't have to hike very far is I have a telephoto lens on my camera that can take pictures from a great distance so I don't have to actually hike way over there to take a picture, I can just zoom into a bush or a flower and get a close-up without ever leaving the shade of the Arctic Fox. In fact most of my hikes are not much farther than the length of my awning
It didn't take long at these desert temperatures to drink up my entire canteen of Jack Daniels and have to turn around and make the grueling 15 yard trek back to the Arctic Fox, which I barely made before I was down to my last beer.
My 10 minute hike was admittedly brief but it doesn't take me long to learn something, and brief tho it was I learned that when hiking with a canteen full of Jack Daniels I should always use a tripod so me and the camera doesn't keep falling over.
It's easy walking down this Jeep trail, it crosses an arroyo just ahead and continues on straight to the mountains. I made a left at the arroyo and used that as my path. There's much more vegetation near the arroyo's so it's more interesting than flat desert.
Another Jeep trail enters the arroyo. The arroyos go for miles and miles and there are Jeep trails going in every direction there was a bunch of yellow flowers growing next to the arroyo.
A dead tree slowly breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces which litter the desert floor and wait for the hot winds to scatter them like the desert dust so not even a memory remains.... Much like me at the moment.
In the springtime quite often the desert doesn't even look like a desert. It has green grass, green bushes, green trees, even flowers, and you can be fooled into thinking.... This isn't so bad, I could survive in a place like this, it kind of looks like somebody's yard. But suddenly the Spring rains stop, temperatures soar to over a hundred every day, the humidity is in the single digits and all that green stuff disappears as the land bakes and the sun cracks even the rocks with its unrelenting heat.
Some purple flowers growing next to the arroyo. They look so delicate, almost translucent and yet for a short time they can live and thrive in one of the most inhospitable places in the country.....just like a boondocker.