Here are a couple sketches inspired by a trip Cassandra and I took to the Mojave Desert during Memorial Day.
The area was called Deep Creek near the Bowen Ranch. The creek itself is accessible through a 2-3 mile trek through steep sandy mountainsides. All over the place were small, scraggly shrubs and piles of rocks like the one below.
The creek is famous for its hot springs, which were as hot as a jacuzzi but filled with algae. My brand-new swim trunks (I didn't bring any from South Carolina) became covered in green slime. There were a few nude bathers around, but they tended to be middle-aged, overweight men with sunburns on unfortunate places. -_-
Cassandra and I had plenty of fun exploring the area, and it's feasible we may return eventually, but there are lots of other cool hiking spots to visit in the meantime.
Oh! Here's a general list of the critters we saw on the trip:
2. Mini-bears (prairie dogs)
3. Small, scaly lizards
4. Rattle Snake eating a mouse
5. Mouse (being eaten by a snake)
7. Frog eggs
8. Either a hawk or a really big crow.