Writing and photography from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts by Chris Clarke
Bad Advice for Desert Living
Water is scarce in the desert, and every desert dweller or visitor should do their part to save the precious commodity. Bath water, for instance, can be reused for cooking pasta, grains, and other such starchy foods. Bathers who favor peppermint scented soaps will find their used water can be profitably turned into a soothing tea.
Coyote song makes the desert even more romantic. Bring those singing coyotes closer to your campsite by weaving prayer flags from bacon strips.
Rattlesnakes are more than two-thirds water. Travelers beset by thirst can turn this fact to their advantage by capturing said snakes and sucking their tails. A refreshing treat!
You can easily find your way in the desert if you remember that all rocks face north.
Those of us who have spent time in the desert know that ants provide the vast majority of the entertainment to be had in arid landscapes. Few, however, know that ants become orders of magnitude more interesting after the observer consumes a large dose of antacid.
Sticking dirty cooking pots in drifting sand for several hours will render them sparking clean. This can also serve as a method for ensuring proper dental hygiene in the desert.
All trails in the desert lead to water, especially if they run uphill.