Today I'm treating myself with a trip to the desert. Okay, I'm really going to the desert because some of my favorite people are running the Zion Ragnar this weekend and I'm the team volunteer (because let's be honest: there is no way that you would ever see me run that many miles in
such a short period of time my life). But I love the desert so I still think of this as a treat.
If you had asked me five years ago what I thought about the desert I would have said that I hated it. And that would have been a half lie because at that point in my life the only time that I had spent in the desert was driving through it on the way to Las Vegas. About four years ago, however, Matt and I went on our first camping trip together out to the middle of nowhere in the Mojave Desert. While I think that the Mojave is my favorite (although I might be biased since that is where we got engaged), I love other local deserts like the Anza Borrego Desert and Grand Canyon.
Although the desert has a special little place in my heart since it holds so many memories, there are a number of reasons why I love the desert and you might too.
10 Reasons Why I Love The Desert And You Might Too
- Sunset / Sunrise.
- Star Gazing.
- New Life.
- Being Tiny
- Desert Wine
Seeing the sunset in the desert changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic but I think that watching the sky change colors behind the desert mountains is the second most beautiful sight in the world just behind the next item on the list.
Imagine a place where you can see all of the stars in the sky unobstructed by city lights. Now imagine you're in that same place with a telescope. Is your mind blown? It should be, because it is quite possibly the most beautiful sight in the world. And a nice reminder that there is more than just one star in the sky.
The desert is full of a variety of activities for those who love to adventure. While I prefer easy hiking and camping, the desert is the perfect place for biking or climbing / bouldering. I personally do not enjoy those latter activities (since I'm terrified of everything) but it sure looks like fun when Matt is doing them!
I very rarely see other people when camping in the desert (except for Joshua Tree … or Coachella). Having lived in an apartment almost all of my life, it is remarkable to explore the desert in solitude. It is one of the few places that you can go to truly be alone.
This ties into the the previous point but the desert is so quiet that it is startling. Except for the occasional airplane or car in the distance, the only sounds in the desert are made by you or your new animal friends. And yes, I'm still terrified of listening to the coyotes at night.
The desert has so much beautiful life! I think that the most beautiful time in the desert is while it is in bloom. Image miles upon miles of bright colors sprinkled throughout the normally brown/green landscape. The desert in bloom shows vivid shades of blues, yellows, purples, pinks, reds, and oranges. The beauty of the desert in bloom is breathtaking.
There are few things that will make you feel smaller than being out in the desert. Whenever I'm out in the desert I feel so tiny compared to the vast open spaces, giant mountains and boulders, and thousands of visible stars.
It is almost impossible to stay connected to email, social media, and work while out in the desert (believe me, I've tried). Instead, you're too busy adventuring, enjoying the beauty of nature, and possibly playing boardgames like backgammon and chess.
Because wine just tastes better in the desert. Especially if you finally remember to buy a bottle with a twist cap after countless times of forgetting a corkscrew and resorting to pushing the cork into the bottle with a pen.