This is our 11th year of spending the Thanksgiving holiday in the desert with friends. It’s one of my favorite trips of the year. Friends from Northern and Southern California gather together in a remote location far from civilization, where we hike, climb, eat, and make merry for the week. This year we met in an old mining alcove in the Mojave desert.
We enjoy seeking out old desert homesteads and mining cabins, bringing the warmth of a holiday celebration back to homes that have long been neglected. This year’s location was a spot that is well loved by many and under renovation. So, although I often report on my Thanksgiving trip in detail, I am keeping this year’s report vague out of respect for the great digs in which we spent the holiday.
The desert is often thought of as a hot wasteland. When I share my trip reports here, I do it with the goal of sharing the natural beauty and fascinating history you can find if you just take the time to look. Therefore, I want to share some highlights from this year’s trip that help me with this goal.
Thanks for coming along on this little tour of the things I love about the desert. Check out the link in the box above for more photos from the area.