Fortynine Palms Oasis

Ann picks the nearest hike in Joshua Tree National Park to get us started. There are enough rocks here to tickle a climber’s imagination, and the moon rises quietly above them.

Fortynine Palms Canyon Trailhead

Moonrise

When I see the oasis, I realize that it looks just like an oasis, even though I’ve never seen one before.

Oasis

Ann at the oasis

On the way back I pay more attention to my surroundings, which helps me not to step on this lovely Rosy Boa.

Desert Rosy Boa

Some of the desert calmness I look for in this place begins to seep in. More, please.

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