We arrived at Quartzite in the late afternoon on Wednesday. We are camping on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, which means that we can camp for 14 days for free, and then we have to move. It is like Crown Land in Canada, but freer and more usable.
We had planned to leave Yuma on Tuesday, but we got a windstorm (sandstorm) followed by rain. Yes, rain! It will probably be one of the few showers we will see down here. As a result, we decided not to leave for Quartzite until Wednesday. The rain means the desert will bloom in a few days!
The desert is spectacular! I can’t get enough saguaro cacti. However, the desert is thorny. Everywhere. I’m always watching where the dogs step because there are prickers growing all over the ground. Not to mention all the thorns grabbing at your legs from the sides. The plant life has to protect itself some way. It’s a tough life waiting for rain a few times per year. Even with the thorns, needles, and pickers, the beauty is unmatched.
The desert floor is like pavement. The rocks are flat (Yes, there are some big sharp ones too. Remember everything is sharp here.). However, the flat rocks have a smooth shiny patina from years of weathering. It is so smooth and flat that you don’t need to worry about finding a level site. It’s almost as smooth as pavement. Then, there are washes which are like gullies formed to carry away the rainwater.
After enjoying a glorious sunset, we were treated to a billion stars all around. Nature at its finest.
And the best sleep ever.
What are the poor people doing?