Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Desert Rose

A few things have happened to me since I've been in the desert. I've eaten twice my bodyweight in delicious food. I've won $120 gambling at an Indian casino. I've had the chance to catch up with some old friends from the Bay Area as well as spend some QT with the family.

But most importantly, I got to encounter a good deal of fauna.

Since I arrived in the desert, I've seen roadrunners, jackrabbits, cottontail rabits, egrets, ducks, quail, bluebelly lizards, scorpions, crickets, and I just had the chance to evict a brown spider the size of a silver dollar from my bedroom. I literally heard this creature before I saw it, much like my beloved Philly mice.

I love being back in California, the desert in particular. The air smells good here. At night, you can see a zillion stars. The jagged mountains that jut out of the Coachella Valley are beautiful, particularly as the sun begins to set and the shadows are a stark contrast against the light brown rocks. But I have to admit that I'm beginning to feel like an east coast city girl as I squeal in fear at each animal I encounter.


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