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Sunset in the Cima Dome area is always beautiful, and tonight is no exception A half-mile down the dirt road, I select a campsite to left of the big rock pile hereThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map: Day 12: Keystone Canyon to Cima Dome via Ivanpah Road and Morning Star Mine RoadA half-mile down the dirt road, I select a campsite to left of the big rock pile hereThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map: Day 12: Keystone Canyon to Cima Dome via Ivanpah Road and Morning Star Mine RoadA half-mile down the dirt road, I select a campsite to left of the big rock pile hereThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map: Day 12: Keystone Canyon to Cima Dome via Ivanpah Road and Morning Star Mine RoadA half-mile down the dirt road, I select a campsite to left of the big rock pile hereThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map: Day 12: Keystone Canyon to Cima Dome via Ivanpah Road and Morning Star Mine RoadA half-mile down the dirt road, I select a campsite to left of the big rock pile hereThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map: Day 12: Keystone Canyon to Cima Dome via Ivanpah Road and Morning Star Mine Road

It's windy and chilly up here at 5000 feet, so I change into full-length jeans and a sweater as soon as the sun goes down. I sip on the beer that I bought earlier at the Cima Store and prepare a pouch of Mountain House Beef Stew.

Dessert is beef and turkey jerky, and some Trader Joe's chili-lime cashews as well.

As I fall asleep later in the evening, wishing I could take a shower first, I enjoy the serenade of singing crickets and some very distant coyotes howling somewhere in the valley below.