Posts tagged “desert

The Hopi Clown

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Rock spires or hoodoos at they are better known have long held a fascination for me. This rock, which resembles a Pueblo Hopi clown is perhaps the least visited in the American Southwest.  Indian Reservation roads, particularly obscure rarely travelled ones are not featured on paper maps so my approach was planned on Google Earth. I use GE extensively in my planning, through the program it’s possible to create a route anywhere on the planet and load it onto a handheld GPS, without doing this I’d never have found the rock. It took three attempts to get here, on one attempt the roads were impassible, myself and a friend got caught up in this flash flood.


Salt Mine Bolivia

Salt Mine Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Salt Mine Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

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The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world and one of the top tourist destinations in Bolivia. I took a 4WD trip onto the salt but I had to return on my own to visit this area. The locals from the town of Colchani use natural spring water to soften the salt before raking it into these small pyramids where they dry in the sun. Working at high altitude with blinding glare reflected from the salt must be torturous work.