BrokenArch

Tourist for a Day

Arches National Park, Moab, UT. Last weekend I rented a cheap rental car, drove the main sightseeing drag, hiked one easy popular trail and spent just over three hours total in a major national park. I was a tourist. I had the good fortune to be in lovely Moab, Utah for work. The work wasn’t…

CanGraveyard

Trash history, treasure and the quality of living

Hungry Bill’s Ranch, Death Valley, CA. It’s amazing how a few years can turn a pile of trash into a pile of historically significant trash.  Archaeologists spend a lot of time sifting through garbage heaps for what they tell about life, finding treasure in outhouses and dumps, looking for what has survived, what was meant…

Saratoga Springs

The Power of Wishful Thinking

Saratoga Spring, Death Valley, CA. Maybe it’s the water here that spurred all that wishful thinking. Or the lovely view of the Saratoga Spring ponds against austere desert that caused people to flock to this remote southeastern corner of the Black Mountains. The first wave began in 1902 when hundreds of people and agencies made…

PalmsandMtns

Surviving in a Post-Gold Fever World

Ibex Spring Ghost Camp, Death Valley, CA. It will likely be just you and the palm trees in this isolated southeast corner of Death Valley. The Saratoga Hills, Ibex Dunes and Black Mountains serve as backdrop for the walk across barren desert on the old Ibex Spring mining road. Deep washes vie with surviving bits…