By Len Wilcox
Len Wilcox loves not anything greater than to roam the California deserts - the Mojave, Joshua Tree and demise Valley. during this publication, he writes of his stories, concerning the lifetime of the wilderness, the vegetation and animals and historical Indian websites, and provides tips about secure vacationing within the quarter.
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It’s operated by the US Park Service Barstow & the Central Mojave n 49 to inform tourists about Death Valley and the Mojave National Preserve. Baker is the northern entrance to the Preserve, but is probably better known as the southern entrance to Death Valley. Northward out of Baker a two-lane (paved) highway follows Salt Creek to the Amargosa River, then on to the towns of Shoshone and Tecopa, then into Death Valley National Park. It’s a beautiful drive, for a paved road. Silurian Lake, a typical Mojave playa, parallels the road.
A gray flop hat covers his stringy hair, his blue eyes sparkle with excitement as he examines a piece of quartz that looks good. The quartz is lined with a black trace and something that glitters just a tiny bit. He sets his pickax down, pulls his pack off the back of the mule, makes a dry camp and sets up to do a little chasin’ of his rainbow. With his shovel he mucks out some overburden, and dry-pans the black sand that settled in the cracks of the rock. With his pick he pulls out rock, breaks it up, and finally, there!
With his shovel he mucks out some overburden, and dry-pans the black sand that settled in the cracks of the rock. With his pick he pulls out rock, breaks it up, and finally, there! A tiny nugget of gold, gleaming bright and pretty as can be, a month’s wages in his hands. Could this be it – the next big find? It’s not placer gold. Placer is rounded and smooth, tumbled and beaten as it is washed downstream. This is lode gold, rough and sharp and there has to be more of it, more than this tiny nugget.
Desert Dancing: Exploring the Land, the People, the Legends of the California Deserts (Hunter Travel Guides) by Len Wilcox