I am not a desert person. I get cranky if it’s too hot. I can appreciate the “rugged beauty” of it all, as long as I am doing so from an air-conditioned car on the way to a more temperate climate.
Along our drive up to the Lake Tahoe area we have to go through the Mojave Desert. On the way up, it’s stunning because we are driving through it as the sun is coming up. The desert at dawn is glorious, particularly Red Rock Canyon State Park.
It’s even more glorious if you’re driving through the desert as the sun is coming up and you have U2’s Joshua Tree album playing at high volume…
It really is beautiful. There are some crazy rock formations with red striations running through them, hence the park’s name.
Because it is so close to Los Angeles, it has been the location of a lot of films and TV shows over the years, especially Westerns. There are campgrounds there, but the thought of camping in the desert makes me all itchy and cranky.
Speaking of The Joshua Tree album…
Do you like the desert…?