In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law the California Desert Protection Act, which created the 1.6 million acre Mojave National Preserve. All I knew about the area at the time was that when driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on the I-15 at 80 mph, there was a huge tract of land on the right seemingly void of any human intervention, with shimmering heat on the desert floor creating a very surreal scene.
I googled the Mojave National Preserve and found the Mojave Road which bisects the preserve following ancient Native American trails, East to West, across the Mojave Desert, 128 miles of which are in the boundaries of the preserve. My first thought was what a great adventure it would be to cross this expanse with my 4×4 Xterra. Of course the idea was quickly put on the back burner and forgotten about…until last week. I just happened to catch a weather report about a storm ready to roll across the Mojave. Perfect I thought. Dramatic skies for photography. I’m out of here!
I made one mistake. I brought my cell phone and got a call to come back to LA for a commercial shoot. Who knew there would be reception out there? I took the one shot above before the storm rolled in. Luckily, I am happy with it and I did make it to the halfway point in spite of heavy rain, sleet and snow. I shall return!
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