The Mojave Desert holds many secrets and today I was going to find one. I was in search of the elusive King Clone, thought to be the oldest Creosote bush ring in the Mojave and one of the oldest living organisms on earth. Now, when I see creosote bushes in the desert, I’m generally not impressed. These scrawny “champions of survival” are all over the place, due to their extreme tolerance for arid conditions and aggressive nature in competing for water with other plants. I usually just consider them obstacles in my path while hiking and often laugh at them.Read More
The Mojave Desert
The Mojave is a desert of wind, temperature extremes, Joshua Trees and solitude. When most people hear the word ‘desert,’ images of tumbleweeds, rattlesnakes and bleak desolation typically come to mind. In reality, the Mojave is anything but a wasteland. Amongst the sand and sagebrush lie many places of beauty and wonder, and of historic importance. Some are the result of time and the elements, some are the result of man and his efforts to live in the Mojave, both in recent and prehistoric times. Let’s go see what we can find.