the wind was so crazy cold and um...windy that we didn't head out at the crack of dawn as planned. instead we burrowed under the covers and braced ourselves against them crazy gusts.
we finally dragged ourselves up around 6:30 (what? to us, the crack of dawn is 4:30) wrapped ourselves up in coats, hats, scarves & gloves and hit the road.our first official stop was the kelso dunes. we brought along some costume fun and took a few pics. what. you don't hike around sand dunes with enormous lime green halloween costumes?truthfully, we didn't make it up the big dune as all that jumping and such kicked my politely in the bum and made me fall down. stupid asthma.after the dunes, we drove and drove and drove to the kelso depot where we wandered about their visitor center and did NOT take pics IN the jail. (only OF the jail).sometime before or after that we lunched on the side of mojave road. we nestled in on a few of the larger rocks of an ancient lava bed and lunched on frou-frou-ish smoked salmon & crusty bread. we a-go-go like the high life.then more wandering. we saw the boarded up mojave cross and some enormous rocks...drove through the largest collection of joshua trees in the u.s.stopped for gas in Baker, and then found an abandoned house followed by 16 miles on a washboard dirt road in our non-4 wheel drive box of a car. poor rodney! but i did see a desert cow..whoo-hoo!when we got back to camp we were greeted by our campmates and settled in for a cold and windy desert night around the fire.