"I Must Be a Desert Rat"
I really like the desert. In a past life I lived for a year in the Mojave Desert in Victorville, California. I had a motorcycle, and really enjoyed riding around exploring what these seemingly empty lands had to offer.
Many years later, while on an extended trip near Boston, Massachusetts, I was trying to figure out why I was getting antsy to be gone. I couldn't quite pin it down. Sure, the food is excellent, but not spicy hot like I prefer. And the bars are right out of a TV episode of "Cheers". Then, while watching a western movie it dawned on me: I missed the open spaces. I longed to see the distant horizon.
I shot this during the drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley, on day ten of SW-EX. I'm between Twenty Nine Palms and Amboy when I cross a gap in the mountains and am presented with this extraordinary view. It, more than anything else, is what I love about the desert. Maybe someday I'll move back, but for now frequent visits will help me to keep my sanity in a busy, and sometimes too contentious, world.