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Mirage



Kelso Sand Dunes, East Mojave Preserve


My ten-year-old daughter is feeling brave, so we go rock huntin today, exploring far beyond the last dirt road, just she and I, no dad.

We see the sand dunes from miles away, some hallucinogenic scene from the Sahara, camel humps rising from the flat desert floor.

My daughter wants to climb them, but there's no sure way to guess how far away they are, no sure measure to tell how tall,

I tell her it's not safe to hike mountains so unstable, hills that shift in light winds, our boots would fill with sand and we'd
sink like thirsty prospectors come to find buried treasure, lured by promises of silver and gold, the rattlesnake's hypnotic charms.

"Mirage"  copyright 2012 by Ruth Nolan. "Mirage" was previously published in "No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California's Deserts (Heyday Books, 2009.)

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