“Where will you being going next?” is a common question while amongst fellow travelers, backpackers and wanderers alike.
I asked myself this question too, “Back to the Desert,” I’d reply, but where exactly I was still unsure. San Diego to Ventura is about three to five hour drive depending on traffic conditions in L.A. But this wasn’t an urban trip and I still had a week left so I decided to take the long way around as more desert landscapes were yet to be seen. I left the coast and carried on my way. Anza-Borrego, the Salton Sea, Joshua Tree and Mojave were on the list.
Here we go!
Anza-Borrego State Park:
A massive and barren desert park dotted with palm tree oases and bizarre sculptures.
A lasting tribute to the folly of man. Mostly deserted, but still full of peculiar scenes and curious people making art and eking out a living in a grotesque locale.
Joshua Tree National Park:
A park strewn with boulders, dotted with climbers and figures reaching their many fingered hands towards the clear sky.
Mojave National Preserve:
A capacious swath of land, encompassing two different deserts where single-track roads run over long dry washes and through rock canyons to a field of sand dunes.