Huge cactus in Pioneertown

You can only imagine how the Lewis-Clark expedition had to draw cactus for the first time ever to show civilization back in the east.

I thought a perfect debut post for our blog would be our recent trip to the Mojave Desert in California, because it illustrates the way Walter and I typically travel – road trips, exploring national parks, and no sleep.

We had been planning this trip for a while. Walter really wanted to show me the California desert where he spent most of his days in the Marine Corps . He talked about taking me to Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park, the Marine Corps base, and his Freemason mother lodge. It was a memory lane for him – even though most memories were associated with training in misery under the hot desert sun . When his Marine friends heard that he was taking me there, they all seemed perplexed and half-disgusted and asked, “WHY?! That place sucks!”

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