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Now that the tent is set up, it's time to make a backpacker meal and settle in for the evening Happy camper arrives at North Coyote SpringsThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map, Day 4: Globe Mine Road campsite to North Coyote Springs campsiteHappy camper arrives at North Coyote SpringsThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map, Day 4: Globe Mine Road campsite to North Coyote Springs campsiteHappy camper arrives at North Coyote SpringsThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map, Day 4: Globe Mine Road campsite to North Coyote Springs campsiteHappy camper arrives at North Coyote SpringsThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map, Day 4: Globe Mine Road campsite to North Coyote Springs campsiteHappy camper arrives at North Coyote SpringsThumbnailsMojave National Preserve map, Day 4: Globe Mine Road campsite to North Coyote Springs campsite

Once darkness falls, moths and flies come out in full force, attracted to the light inside my tent. Their flitting against my tent walls sounds like light rain. Before going outside, I turn the light off for a few minutes to stop attracting them before opening the tent screen.

As at my Globe Mine Road campsite, I hear the trains rumble through the Kelso Valley below. What's different here is that I'm only a couple of miles in from Kelbaker Road, so I occasionally hear a passing car. Another difference here is the soothing chorus of singing crickets that seems to envelop the tent, which was nonexistent up on Globe Mine Road.

Supper is Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice; very good and not excessively sweet. It's interesting how dried pork takes on a gamey taste, which I like. Is this why we never see pork jerky? Dessert is dulse, tamari almonds and Trader Joe's chili-lime cashews, which seem less spicy than the last time I ate them.

It's warmer here tonight, so I don't put on any long undies before curling up in my sleeping bag.