Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

There's nobody out here but me, so I'm startled when I sense that a rock nearby is moving

5602-tortoise.jpg Over the tiny hill, I descend into the lunar-looking valley Thumbnails I'm thrilled, since I rarely encounter a tortoise! Over the tiny hill, I descend into the lunar-looking valley Thumbnails I'm thrilled, since I rarely encounter a tortoise! Over the tiny hill, I descend into the lunar-looking valley Thumbnails I'm thrilled, since I rarely encounter a tortoise! Over the tiny hill, I descend into the lunar-looking valley Thumbnails I'm thrilled, since I rarely encounter a tortoise! Over the tiny hill, I descend into the lunar-looking valley Thumbnails I'm thrilled, since I rarely encounter a tortoise!

It's a desert tortoise, not a rock!