UPDATE 9/28/2014: Gram Theft Burrito or Gram Theft Byrd – You Decide?

Parsons at Joshua Tree

UPDATE 9/28/2014 This particular blog about Gram Parsons has been interesting to say the least, intended to only be one story has now turned into three.  After I first wrote the first leg of this story about a year later I got the crime-scene-photo from a friend, then I updated this blog with the pixelated […]


I Love the U2 Album “The Joshua Tree”, Do U2? Let’s Trek Across The Mojave And Find Out About Their “Harmony”

Back Album Sleeve

This blog, The Mojo on the Mojave is about things that are located or happening in the Mojave Desert, part of this story lies outside the Mojave’s reaches but we will touch on the entire bus trip that the Irish rock band U2 took before they released the album that was destined to be called […]


Non-Native (and a few native) Mojave Desert Flora

Coast Redwood

It is spring time in the Mojave Desert and  it is time to plant trees and bushes.  In my almost 40 years living in the upper reaches of the Mojave Desert above 3500 feet, I have tried to plant many things.  The biggest obstacle to my success of my non-native vegetation was planting a tree […]


Where Do You Like Watching The Sunset??

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography – www.dalmdad.com and https://www.facebook.com/Dalmdad.) There are soooo many options… In the Mojave Desert?  On a Hotel Patio in Shelter Cove, CA? Or…Driving Through Death Valley? ***  Let’s hear where everyone decides? *** Sunset Photos from all over the USA available for license or purchase at our website (dalmdad.com). *** Happy New Year […]


92268 – Pioneertown – aka: Pappy and Harriets

Pioneertown - 92268

Zip Code 92268, Pioneertown California sits at just over 4000 feet in elevation on the edge of the Mojave Desert at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains where Joshua Trees meet Pinyon Pine, Manzanita and Juniper.  Black bear, deer, bighorn sheep, coyote, fox and desert tortoises all intermingle in this area.  I have seen […]


Is That Rain That I Smell?

Wild & Watered Creosotes

Waking up the other morning to the smell of rain, well actually the smell of Larrea-Tridentata was so invigorating.  After my lifelong obsession with this botanical wonder I think that it is time to blog about it.  Being that this bush, commonly known as the Creosote Bush is one of the most common plants of […]


The Hot Dry Swampy Days of Summer

Swamp Monster

Why do we live in this confounded hot desert?  First of all this desert, the Mojave Desert, especially in its higher elevations is not so hot compared to many other deserts.  I sometimes laugh to myself when those of the Los Angeles Inland Empire area or the California Central Valley think that us folks in the […]


I Have Always Driven By And Wondered What Is Up There – Old Woman Springs Ranch

The Large Lake With Island

Most people that drive up Highway 247, also known as Old Woman Springs Road, between Yucca Valley and Apple Valley have said “I Have Always Driven By And Wondered What Is Up There” as they look to the southwest and see what looks like a few trees in the distance and a sign that says Old […]


The Hub of the Morongo Basin – Yucca Valley

Ribbon Cutting

Yucca Valley is strategically placed at the crossroads of the Hi-Desert, at the intersection of two state highways that lie at the center of this Mojave Desert Town.  On Saturday, October 13 Yucca Valley saw its first new park open in 39 years, the new park is a yet to be named dog park.  As I […]


Area 51 May Not Be As Fine As Area 29 (two-nine)

The Living Space Under Giant Rock In The 1940's

The deserts of the American Southwest have long been associated with paranormal activity.  Doesn’t the thought of little grey aliens, UFOs and conspiracies make you feel warm and fuzzy all over?  Area 51 in Nevada may be the bull’s eye of all of this hoopla, but the 29 Palms Marine Air Ground Task Force Training […]


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