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Home / Mojave Preserve and Desert bikepacking trips / 2009, Fall: Mojave National Preserve / Day 5: Hike to Rex Mine and west edge of the Providence Mountains, Mojave National Preserve /

Oh look, a lost set of four bright-blue ballons tied together, stuck to a young creosote bush, framed by a Kelso Dunes backdrop

Oh look, a lost set of four bright-blue ballons tied together, stuck to a young creosote bush, framed by a  Kelso Dunes backdrop The dense scattering of rocks on the fan east of Kelso induces what I call, "avoidance hiking"ThumbnailsNumerous gulleys need to be crossed while hiking the fan betweeen Cornfield Spring Road and Rex Mine RoadThe dense scattering of rocks on the fan east of Kelso induces what I call, "avoidance hiking"ThumbnailsNumerous gulleys need to be crossed while hiking the fan betweeen Cornfield Spring Road and Rex Mine RoadThe dense scattering of rocks on the fan east of Kelso induces what I call, "avoidance hiking"ThumbnailsNumerous gulleys need to be crossed while hiking the fan betweeen Cornfield Spring Road and Rex Mine RoadThe dense scattering of rocks on the fan east of Kelso induces what I call, "avoidance hiking"ThumbnailsNumerous gulleys need to be crossed while hiking the fan betweeen Cornfield Spring Road and Rex Mine RoadThe dense scattering of rocks on the fan east of Kelso induces what I call, "avoidance hiking"ThumbnailsNumerous gulleys need to be crossed while hiking the fan betweeen Cornfield Spring Road and Rex Mine Road

These balloons might be forgotten garbage today, but there once was a time when a group of smiling, laughing people stood around them. I stuff the balloons in my backpack for disposal tomorrow at Kelso Depot with the rest of my trash.