We left some of California’s most beautiful and green coastal parks to make our journey across the state to the Joshua Tree National Park. The road took us through the dustbowl, and the landscape seemed almost as depressing as I imagine it was in the 1930s when the Great Depression saw millions travel from Chicago along Route 66 to seek their fortunes in California. The more recent drought has hit hard and the landscape is dusty, dispersed with orange orchards and oil derricks. We stopped at a petrol station which seemed to be a homage to Route 66, James Dean and better times. The sign begging people to make a purchase left me with a sense of desperation.
‘I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name…’ America’s lyrics rattled around in head as we rattled across the Mojave desert. Well, we weren’t exactly rattling in our large, modern Dodge on the smooth tarmac of a dry climate but I imagined the wagons of the wild west rattling along it.
It’s a rocky desert, not a sandy one.