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My friend and housesitter hangs out on my front porch as I pull away Yesterday morning I left San José and took Amtrak train and bus to Baker, California to start the tripThumbnailsI start this Mojave National Preserve trip by waking up in my kitchy 1980s room at Baker's deteriorating Royal Hawaiian MotelYesterday morning I left San José and took Amtrak train and bus to Baker, California to start the tripThumbnailsI start this Mojave National Preserve trip by waking up in my kitchy 1980s room at Baker's deteriorating Royal Hawaiian MotelYesterday morning I left San José and took Amtrak train and bus to Baker, California to start the tripThumbnailsI start this Mojave National Preserve trip by waking up in my kitchy 1980s room at Baker's deteriorating Royal Hawaiian MotelYesterday morning I left San José and took Amtrak train and bus to Baker, California to start the tripThumbnailsI start this Mojave National Preserve trip by waking up in my kitchy 1980s room at Baker's deteriorating Royal Hawaiian MotelYesterday morning I left San José and took Amtrak train and bus to Baker, California to start the tripThumbnailsI start this Mojave National Preserve trip by waking up in my kitchy 1980s room at Baker's deteriorating Royal Hawaiian Motel

I'm looking forward to my two weeks exploring Mojave National Preserve and he's looking forward to having some peace on the property.

A budding native chaparral mallow pokes its stem into the photo.