5.17.2010

trees
driveway
merry
across the street
fluffy flower
yellow flower
orange flower
barrel
mountains


I packed myself into the little car on Friday and jammed out to the Nevada desert to visit my mom (her 55th birthday!) and little sister at their wild, well-water fed, mesquite tree covered, desert home. It was too quick, and home on Sunday I feel exhausted and not ready for work. Oh well.

Friday we explored the surrounding desert, of course, then in the night we went to the hot springs (#27 check!). Saturday my sister used a controlled fire to clear all the dry plant material away while her boyfriend re dug the bonfire pit. (Who knew my teenage sister knew how to make a controlled fire? And, I love seeing teenagers determined with such purpose). Then on Saturday night we had a big bonfire, with smores. Under the desert sky. The kind with actual stars. My brother and his fiance and her son (I have a nephew!!!!!!) drove out from Las Vegas, and my sister's boyfriend's older sister (follow?) and her husband rode their quad over from their nearby home. For our teeny tiny family, this was a big representation! We eventually all moved into the living room and watched Avatar until we fell asleep, using every bed in the house plus couches and an air mattress.

7 comments:

  1. Sounds like amazing family time. Jealous all you have to do is hop in a car and head to the desert. As of now we have to hop a plane. At least for the next 5 to 10 years. A little dream of owning a motel on 395 in Bishop or Lee Vining was rekindled on this trip. We will see. I'm already plotting.

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  2. that sounds so awesome. I wish I was hanging out in the desert right now.

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  3. your mom's place looks MAGICAL.
    she has a pomegranate tree! and blooming globemallow! what an *amazing* weekend. your mama must be pretty kickass.

    (and do tell- what is the name of her town? we've explored all over that section of the mojave and i'm dying to know where this is. beautiful shots, woman.)

    also, just fyi: bistro escondido dinner at the iThouse on may 22nd. http://bistroescondido.blogspot.com/

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  4. That is an impressive teenage sister. My sister was a fire-fighter for awhile, but definitely not until age 20. And it was more loading-planes-with-sluice than actual controlled-burn territory.

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  5. I just went to some hot springs last weekend, too! I am just a little farther East (in UT). Lovely. Sounds like such an amazing trip! Love the photos, as always.

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  7. Your family is badass.

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