Distance: 1 mile, Day of Happy Introversion
Ciwt has heard about "Desert Bloom" when Death Valley, the hottest place on earth where 'nothing' grows, suddenly erupts with wildflowers. She's thought about going to see this phenomenon, but all accommodations are sold out years in advance (and, surprise, she is no car camper). Thanks to today's paper, she has now seen the pictures above. Subtle even at full bloom. But the small window of flagrant life must be a wondrous and thought-provoking sight for people who know the usual desolation of that desert area.
These wildflowers are up the state from Death Valley in marvelous sounding Tehatchapi, but Ciwt finds them - and expecially That tree - glorious.