Something about the desert draws adventurers; they are the vast empty spaces of the world that hold the same mystery now that they did millenia ago. Even today explorers who venture beyond the outlying borders and deep into desert occasionally disappear, never to be heard from again. They take with them the story of what happened and those left behind can only speculate on what they might have seen.


Occasionally a trace of their passing is discovered and we can learn something of their fate. More often than not more questions get asked than answers given. The desert offers only silence.

Making our way up a remote desert canyon towards an old mining district I noticed a small shard of ceramic lying face up in a dry stream bed. The ceramic upon close examination revealed itself to be a piece of fine china painted with blue floral pattern. It had the cracked patina of antique pottery. It was unquestionably an unusual find in the vast wilderness around us.

As our hike continued we began to find more pieces of matching china. After a while it became clear that the pieces were not from a single piece but what had once been an entire set. By the time we reached the end of the canyon we had amassed a collection of hundreds of pieces. The apparently handpainted works were exquisite. It was difficult to determine when the pieces had originally reached this place but that they had experienced at least several floods of the canyon was evident from their spread over a mile and the depth at which several were buried.

Our imagination ran wild trying to explain its presence here. I envisioned that long ago the miners here had struck a vein of untold wealth. Deep below the surface they lived like kings and dined only on the finest china. Eventually when the vein played out, they left, content to let any trace of their secrets crumble to dust.



See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning