September 2009

Mono Lake

The black stuff on the shoreline is not algae or seaweed. It’s masses of alkali flies. When you walk near them clouds of them rise. Luckily they’re not biting flies and don’t show the least bit interest in humans. Green rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus–I think.

Yosemite: Half Dome Hike

The journey, not the destination.

Death Valley

07:13. We arrive at the pay station (and very smelly restroom) into Death Valley National Park. Zabriskie Point is about ten miles away. Zabriskie Point 07:28. We’ve seen a single car which went past us while we were stopped at the pay station. Suddenly on our left there is a parking lot filled with cars. I see the sign, Zabriskie Point, and remembering the name of the movie suggest we