Happiness is Living in the High Desert

Happiness is Living in the High Desert

528 perfect dayWater, water, water….There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be. ~ Edward Abbey

I have recently moved to the high desert, at about 3000 feet in the Mojave Desert of California.  I’m lucky to live on a five acre lot with a beautiful view of the mountains, it’s a fantastic spot.

529c the new houseThe funny this is that I really don’t like the heat, I grew up in the Northeastern US and so I grew up in humidity, green forests and four seasons.  It was a surprise to me when I first encountered the desert years ago that I didn’t hate it.  The more time I spent in the high desert the more I began to love it.  I have attended the Burning Man festival several times in the Black Rock Desert and I loved being out in the desert.  However, there is a difference between visiting for a couple of weeks and actually living in the Mojave.

For those who know, this next part will even make less sense, I’m not a morning person, but what I love most about the desert are the mornings.  There is something about the dry morning breeze in the desert that is absolute perfection.  As much as any quiet morning is great, there is something truly special about desert mornings.  Maybe, because of the heat, you know how fleeting and therefor precious that cool morning air is to you.

Summer will be brutal, it already has been, it was above 105 the last couple of days.  But I’m really excited about clear fall nights, particular meteor shower viewing in October, Although even with the hot days, the Perseid meteor shower in August should be great.  The combination of very little light pollution and clear dry air should make for an amazing show.

The desert is not void of life, there are lots of critters wandering around, some that you get to see and some that are a lot more secretive.  I’ve recently bought a UV flashlight to go scorpion spotting.  I currently have a property full of bunny rabbits, chipmunks and Helen and George, two gopher snakes who are obviously quite fond of each other.

george and helenThe other thing is that the desert and in particular the view from my house over the mountains at sunset have been spectacular.  So I’ve been photographing it each day, have a look at a couple and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

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About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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