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    That is so, so awesome, Forest Wind. I am in real admiration of your minimalism and ability to travel light! What a dream!

    The country I'm working in right now doesn't offer much for foraging, at least this time of year. This upcoming week will be my last week working in this sage-steppe area. I'll be in a cabin, too, which is pure luxury. Usually when I've been working in this region, I've been camping or sleeping in my field vehicle. I was so grateful for the car last week. It was terribly windy, not fun for sleeping in a tent.

    We worked a few REALLY long days last week and have to return to execute our game plan this week.

    Here was where I slept the first night. Really nice overview of the fossil-filled national land nearby. Dusky sunset colors that night.

    Here was where we slept the second night, a lot more in the open. Awful wind. I've had ossicles in my ear knocked loose in wind like this before, and had vertigo for two weeks, so I'm not thrilled to spend more time than necessary in it.

    Here was the next dawn.

    Sometimes you find things like dead sheep in this country. I found one with a nicely intact skull I'm cleaning now. Two years ago not too far from there I found a horse!

    And here's a cute tiny rattlesnake we saw. The prairie dog burrows in this area also very frequently have big, shiny black widow spiders in them.

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    Looks gorgeous, Kiso. How warm is it in the area?

    These are about a year old, but I've not shared them before here--so here are a few images I took when I was working in the Sonoran Desert:

    Washes:
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/381.jpg
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/694.jpg

    Mountains:
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/2704.jpg
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/2074.jpg

    I was not a light packer in those times--we used a truck to haul gear (and ourselves), so people ended up taking multiple bags. Your ability to pack so lightly is really impressive, Forest Wind.
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    Can't access any of those links. I'm guessing only people with access on Dreamwidth can?

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    My normal browser also couldn't open them, but TOR browser could)

    Very interesting to see different biomes. I never was in the desert.

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    Yeah, that's probably the case, TopBrass. Thought I'd set them to public access, but it's possible I messed it up. Regardless, I've attached them.

    Working in Arizona was a real pleasure. I love how rocky it is, and how the plant life tends to be scattered. Makes traveling through it pretty easy, and meant I never once got a single tick. It's actually surprisingly cold at times, even down south--we got about an inch of snow, which was quite interesting to see on the saguaros (don't have pictures of that unfortunately), and the truck's windshield was frequently frosted over.
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    That looks incredible!

    I've heard Arizona gets insanely hot. Should probably add that on my weather feed on my phone. For the sake of curiosity, I put Riyadh on my feed years ago and it's always fun to see what the weather is like there.

    From what I understand deserts have both extremes. At night, they can get extremely cold. Not in Arabia though, the nights are merely "sweltering hot" as opposed to scorching, stroke inducing hot! Usually at least. The coldest I've seen it get in Riyadh at night is in the 70's fahrenheit, but I never monitored it religiously.

    Saguaros are great. Your pictures actually remind me of a place in the Dominican Republic.

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    Yeah, they do. I was there during winter, but even so it would get into... oh, the high 70s, maybe low 80s in the day, and drop to below freezing at night.
    "If you are worthy of his affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave. He keeps his free will though he loves, and will not do for you what he thinks unreasonable; but if he once gives himself to you, it is with absolute confidence and fidelity of affection." -Theophile Gautier

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