so we didn’t exactly go to the mohave desert to clear dirtbike trails… apparently that was last year’s task. but we had a blast, nonetheless. our job was to clear out tamarisk from a dried up tributary in devil’s canyon, near indio. the tamarisk hogs the local resources (drinks up to 200 gallons of water a day!) and basically makes it hard for other plants and animals to survive in that area.
we left friday evening and the drive was about 2.5 hours, but we got a little lost trying to find the campsite, which added on another couple hours! it was pitch black and ridiculous. once we found it, we set up our sleeping bags, admired the stars, and tried to get a few hours of sleep in before the morning hike. it was briefly interrupted by an unidentified animal that ran straight into danny’s shoulder, then took off! i actually had a bunch of trouble sleeping (forgot about a pillow) and had a very weird dream… so i was glad when morning came.
we packed up our stuff, drove out to devil’s canyon, and began our hike to the infested area which was about 2 or 3 miles from our starting point. it was hot and dry, but the strange landscape was rewarding and other-worldly. the little cacti peppered about were comical. we arrived at the dried up tributary, and used our loppers to clear out all the tamarisk in sight while the ghostbuster-member of the team sprayed them with some magic blue liquid that prevented it from growing back. a few hours of this, some water and food, a hike back to the cars, and we’re done. what a nice day!
i’ve got a bunch of photos up.