After brushing up on a few history books, and reading some of first travelers/explorers, and native peoples personal accounts, and experiences in the east Mojave desert; it's fun to imagine how the ancient tribes, the Mojaves, Chemehuevis, Spanish Conquistadors, Jedidiah Smith, and all the other brave, and adventurous souls who lived in, or entered this land fared.
We were fortunate to get a little break from the rain after being cooped up in our bivy sacks for a good part of the day at Marl Springs. We took advantage of it, and took a side hike to locate some old mines; it was worth it, as we came across some fairly untouched old mining ruins in a beautiful area; but the break in stormy weather was short-lived, as we watched another storm moving in. In this photo we had 9 miles of hiking left in stormy weather on our Mojave Road adventure. We felt lucky to not see another soul during our trek, and didn't mind hiking in the rain, and wind.