Posts Tagged“camping”

The silence of the desert is deafening. Unlike what you might expect, silence is not a nothing. It’s very much a something. I am ill at ease at first, without the sounds of society softening my ears — electricity thrumming through power lines. The barely audible hum of the fridge. A computer or phone dinging, reminding me it’s time to do something. Dogs barking a greeting to one another through the fence. Here, there is the absence of technology, and therefore the absence of sound. Silence reclaims the space, pouring into my ears a full feeling that consumes my head and vibrates my brain.…

I’ve gotten smarter about packing for our annual camping trip in Borrego Springs over the years, though one of us still manages to forget something. A few things on my list aren’t your typical “toilet paper, firewood, and food” items, so if you go camping, add these to your list. 1. A Fork (But Not For Eating) You hike at your own peril in the deserts of Southern California. Teddy bear cacti (which are not as sweet as their name would imply) and cholla cacti are waiting for you to walk by so they can latch into your skin and…