Ah, espresso. The finest of all beverages. For those of you who adulterate it with milk or cream or sugar…try it plain. Honestly. And not out of a paper* starbucks cup**. Out of a properly preheated ceramic (or if your budget suits: borosilicate) cup.
I considered putting a picture of espresso in here…but honestly pictures just don’t do it justice.
Prior to hitting the road in 16 feet of trailer I had my morning espresso (or 3…or 4…) made in a proper espresso machine. It weighs about 20 pounds/9 kg, and there is not a single cabinet big enough to store it in in the trailer. So I was forced to go without espresso for the duration of the trip.
No. That isn’t how it went. Not at all. Because that would be unacceptable.
I tend to avoid naming names when it comes to products, and have only made exceptions twice that I can think of. This will be the third time. Because for those of you thinking “I want to travel around the country in an RV but how will I have my espresso while dry camping in the Mojave?” there is a solution!
King Peak is the tallest mountain in the King Mountain Range. At 4091 feet /1247 meters, it isn’t terribly tall. But its got near enough to 3,000 feet of prominence (height from the ground the mountain is on to the top of the mountain), which makes it tall enough for me.
We took the Lightning Trail to the summit, but there are 2 other routes that you can take. Probably more if you’re backpacking. If you are doing it as a day hike I recommend Lightning. The trail is well marked and fun. After reaching the summit we took one of the alternative routes, King Crest North, for a couple of miles and found the going discouragingly slow. Lots of fallen trees meant it was hard to maintain a stride.
Does the picture above look like the desert to you? If so, you are technically correct…the best kind of correct. But also, in this case terribly misguided. The desert has all sorts of scrubby plants in it and rolling hills, and pebbles, and rocks and boulders and cacti and skittering beetles and such. Large piles of sand? Not so much.
Last week we were staying in the Mojave Desert National Preserve, which as you probably can determine from the name is located within the Mojave Desert. What this doesn’t really tell you is sheer scale of the Mojave Desert. It is large. And I’m not talking Hoover dam large (which I found depressingly small…perhaps it was their unfriendly stance towards four-legged friends that I found small), or Lake Mead large, or Rhode Island Large. I’m talking bigger than the state of Pennsylvania.