Nailing the Carpenter Canyon

As I write this in early April 2014, we’re in Southern California and many months have passed since we spent explored the Spring Mountains in southern Nevada. So in blog time, we’re back in October of 2013, outside of Pahrump, tooling around in our Jeep.

Carpenter Canyon Road stretched ahead of us, miles of rugged gravel and rocks…


…between vast vistas of desert shrub, yucca, and Joshua trees:



Many of the Joshua Trees sported clusters of seed pods on their crowns, like heavy hats…


…while overhead, a Red-Tailed Hawk circled…


…and at our feet, the desert gifted us with fall blooms:


Eventually we arrived at this sign, so we knew we were still following the right thread of gravel:


Yep, this is the road (below). You can see the hood of the Jeep in the lower left and center, with the tricky, narrow, rock-strewn trail ahead of us. No worries!


The trail dead-ends into this beautiful, peaceful spot where we parked:


A burbling brook attracted our attention…



When’s the last time you saw water this clear outdoors (swimming pools don’t count)?


Among the cliffs surrounding this nook in the canyon we couldn’t help noticing this naturally-carved rock. Reminded us of those heads facing out to sea on Easter Island. (Think the “ancient alien theorists” would have an idea about how this got here? We think so too.)


And the drive back? Nearly as stunning as the drive into the canyon.


About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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2 Responses to Nailing the Carpenter Canyon

  1. Pete says:

    Thanks for taking me along via your great photographs

    • Ellen says:

      Thanks, Pete! Am likewise appreciating the world up north thawing via your posts. I have to agree — snow is stunning, but once it starts to melt — especially in the spring — and all the world’s discarded cigarette butts, lost hubcaps and other detritus starts to reappear from underneath that white blanket, things aren’t always as pretty… !

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