Desert Dancing: Exploring the Land, the People, the Legends by Len Wilcox
By Len Wilcox
Len Wilcox loves not anything greater than to roam the California deserts - the Mojave, Joshua Tree and dying Valley. during this e-book, he writes of his reviews, concerning the lifetime of the desolate tract, the crops and animals and historic Indian websites, and gives tips about secure vacationing within the region.
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He wakes early, to the sound of coyotes and the bright of first light, and he fries up a few biscuits and beans for breakfast. He grabs his pick and shovel and keeps working the claim, separating the promising rock from the waste. It’s good, it’s rich, it’s the rock he’s always dreamed of: chunks of gold-bearing quartz, beautifully laced and lined with it, and sometimes a big nugget. He works the rock down, separating out the gold-bearing ore, dreaming of his big moment when he’ll ride into town, step into the saloon and tell the boys what he’s found.
The walls of the canyon expose the volcanic collision of magma and sedimentary rock that formed these mountains, and are a playground of color and fascinating vistas. Farther along the freeway is another famous desert town: Baker, with its population of only 500 intrepid desert dwellers. Here you’ll find a world-famous thermometer with electric-light numbers that often are in the three-digit range. Next to the base of the thermometer is a desert information center with a bookstore. It’s operated by the US Park Service Barstow & the Central Mojave n 49 to inform tourists about Death Valley and the Mojave National Preserve.
We don’t always get to go that way, because Suz likes to actually get there, and a cold brew in the cool recesses of The Joint beckons mightily on a hot summer day. When we go this way, we take off from the central exit in Boron along Route 58. Boron houses one of the desert’s fast-fading institutions: the Desert Discoveries Rock Shop. Rock shops used to be almost as common as gas stations, located at empty crossroads or at the edge of town, serving as trading posts and information centers. They’d have agates and hollow geodes, petrified wood and maybe a dinosaur footprint or two.