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Mojave Desert, California
The Mojave Desert occupies a huge area of southern California, from the
southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains roughly
as far south as Interstate 10 where it meets the Colorado
Desert. The Mojave stretches east to the Nevada state line.
After climbing out the Los Angeles basin over the Cajun Summit Interstate
15 crosses the Mojave to Las Vegas. Picture
(25KB). The transition from the normally relatively cool and cloudy/smoggy
Los Angeles to the clear blue skies and extreme dry heat of the desert
takes place over a few short miles and is quite an experience. On every
occasion that we have done this journey, always in late May or early June,
there has been a most distinct line where the L.A. smog cloud finishes
and the temperature rises from the mid-seventies to over a hundred. For
first-time visitors to the USA, this is where you learn that having the
car windows open won't make things any cooler, since the actual desert
air itself is hot. It's also where you learn how to operate the car's air
conditioning, and discover that it is only effective when you close all
the car windows. Tour buses are climate controlled, off course, and the
most comfortable way to enjoy the area.
The Mojave (pronounced mo-har-vay) does not have sand dunes or large
cacti, but instead is a land of rugged arid mountainous scrub land covered
with millions of sage bushes.
Crossing the Mojave on any road marked on a road map is an interesting
but perfectly safe thing to do, but it still advisable to join a group
tour to experience all the rich history and the stories of the Mojave your
guide has in store for you.
If you are crossing the southern Mojave on I-10 then we would highly
recommend a visit to Joshua Tree National
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