The desert swallows me every time I travel through it. The enormity of it never ceases to amaze me.
This snapshot of the abandoned silver mine town of Calico, California, is located in the Mojave Desert near Barstow. Tucked into the Mojave’s barren hills, it is now a popular tourist attraction. I really like this picture because it speaks to me of just how immense the desert truly is. (That’s me in the far right corner. Notice how small I am compared to the landscape.) Incidentally, The Mojave Desert is only a fraction of the land mass known as the Great Basin.
Imagine driving through this vastness for hours. Then, imagine traveling by foot as many did in the 1800s.
I paired this picture with this particular Proverb because of the history that seems to follow the mining towns–A history of lawlessness. Of the three mines that I have visited, the saloons outnumbered the churches by a huge margin.
Regardless, the abandoned mines, as well as the desert of the American west, fascinate me. Perhaps, it is because I never saw either one until I was an adult.
To more adventures!