August 27, 2020 – Pahrump to Barstow

August 27, 2020 – Pahrump to Barstow

Long day but I found a number of interesting places to explore or hound on my trip. Real work will begin when temperatures fall into the 90s or below. Today, at least on the stretch between Baker and Shoshone driving home, temps were 103 to 109 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The next time I travel the desert I will take plastic tubs to fill with water for desperate wildlife. I stopped at one place along the road and a bedraggled bird appeared from nowhere. It went straight under my truck, I thought for shade, but it was clearly wanting water. I left some in a small reservoir I fashioned from a plastic bag.

I’ll take more water for other people, too, not just myself. I noticed a big rig idling at a turnout with its emergency triangles in place. A breakdown. The driver had the engine running and the air conditioning must have been going. I approached. The driver said she was fine but eagerly accepted the bottle of cold water I offered her. Even with air conditioning, it is very uncomfortable to be thirsty in the desert. Very. At another time, I was walking back to my vehicle after doing some photography. A California Highway Patrolman slowed down to ask if I was OK. I said I was fine, thanked him, and waved him on.

With these kind of temps, and rural driving in general, I like to wave at every vehicle. If you’re not the friendly type, get friendly for remote places. This will help you and others, we all need to watch out for each other.

317 total miles.

These are just some of the things I saw. The highlight of the trip was talking to Don DePue of Diamond Pacific Tool in Barstow. We met outside after I got the three gallons of rock saw oil I had ordered a few days before.





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Rock & Gem

Rock & Gem magazine is the only publication that touches on all aspects of the rock, gem, and mineral trade. It’s been a while since I penned an article for them, however, I did provide social media coverage for Rock & Gem at Quartzsite this year and I keep in regular contact with the magazine.

January, 2016: A Nevada Turquoise Adventure ↓

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May, 2016: Goldfield’s Gems ↓

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August, 2016: Garnet Hill, Nevada ↓

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March, 2017: The Meaning of Mariposite: Get to Know This Green Muscovite Mineral ↓

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April, 2017: The Quartzsite Show: Rockhounds Gather in the Arizona desert ↓

RocknGem-April-2017 (.pdf)

 

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March, 2020: R & G Community Outlook ↓

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