User Story: Full Moon Sunrise in Mojave Desert

April 16, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park, CA, United States 4/16/2014 BY Derek Hanley

It had been a cool and disquieted night, senses piqued from full moon luminosity, nearby coyote calls, and foreign night-time desert sounds. I awoke in the tent before dawn, body temperature low from the crisp desert breeze, combined with hours of inactivity. I got a fire going in the CampStove to get the chill out of my bones, and observed the full moon, while the the warming rays of the sun slowly crept into the valley. The KettlePot was boiling water for Yerba Mate tea, and for rehydrating the breakfast packets for my girlfriend and me, while transferring some needed energy to the smartphone.

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