I’m sure I’ll be saying this a lot, but this site is by far the best of anywhere we’ve stayed. Very nearby to the north is a dormant cinder cone volcano, colored red by scoria rocks. In every direction are the High Sierras, and the earth is covered in volcanic stone – including glassy obsidian, which look like sparkling diamonds in the sand.
Our site is secluded and costs $3 per night – the first time we’ve paid for camping. (As if $3 can really be considered ‘paying’ for camping.) The fee covers site maintenance – there are eleven sites, and only ours is occupied – along with maintenance of a quaint hand-pumped well, a very cool sight in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
This morning we woke up early for a hike to Fossil Falls. The ‘falls’ were spectacular, a massive rock formation where lava flow was interrupted and cooled by a river flowing over it, thus creating a huge dry canyon with two dry falls. After taking in the view we decided to scramble down the rocks, and had a nice breakfast atop a shady rock, surrounded by steep walls supposedly marked with ancient etchings.
I continued hiking later in the day, checking out the nearby dormant volcano and taking some long distance photos of the RV. The weather is surprisingly nice here, with the oppressive heat tempered by a constant breeze. We’ll be here tonight, cooking over a campfire and watching the Perseids in the dark desert. Tomorrow we’ll likely head north to Tuttle Creek, an area surrounded by some of the most impressive peaks in the Sierras.
Until then, we’re enjoying the site. (And sparingly enjoying Verizon’s oddly amazing broadband coverage of the entire Mojave Desert. Cool.)
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