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Confessions of a Desert Rat

Written by Jessica on October 26, 2011

Road leading out of Death Valley
I love the desert. I love everything about it. Some can’t stand it, these God-forsaken places. I worship them, like a lizard worships hot asphalt. We spent less than 24 hours in Death Valley National Park. It was barely long enough to remember what I love so much about the desert. 

The heat.

Desert landscape in Death Valley

The scorching unrelenting heat. The kind that makes your lips crack, your hands sweat and your heart slow down. Heat that makes moving difficult, sleeping harder and working impossible.

The sun.

Bright sun in badwater- Death Valler
The massive white blinding sun. The light that cooks anything in its view from dusk to dawn. It makes your skin tight and rough and eventually – like leather. The sun whose power blackens the rocks, wilts the plants, and forces even the smallest creatures to cower.

The dry.

Dry salt at Badwater in Death Valley
The quenching, dusty, barren dry. Sand dunes, salt flats, arid tundras. They sweep miles without a sight of water. The absence of humidity. It sucks the water from your throat, from your skin, from everywhere it can. The constant battle for the last drop, the last fleck of moisture from the air.  

The silence.

Devil's golf course in Death Valley
The long haunting fragile silence. The lack of the typical -- water running, leaves ruffling, animals calling. There is nothing here, only muffles of the growl of the wind, the rattle of snakes, the crackle of the heat.

The emptiness.

Badwater salt pans in Death Valley
The vast, desolate, emptiness. Long stretches of nothing, followed by more nothing. Eternities of blank space, baked into oblivion. There is no one, nothing, just harsh unforgiving landscapes.

Until next time... I'll be somewhere else, missing the desert.


Jim McCaffree
#4 Jim McCaffree 2011-10-28 00:54
Impressive use of language! Give me a few miles of cornfields!
Jim McCaffree
#3 Jim McCaffree 2011-10-28 00:46
Pretty impressive use of language! I still just need a few miles of corn fields!!
Scott Shore
#2 Scott Shore 2011-10-27 20:26
Great photos! I'm getting thirsty just looking at them. - Scott (colleague de Jared)
Jonathan Barr
#1 Jonathan Barr 2011-10-27 00:25
Awesome and beautiful!

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