The desert is a place that can truly speak to our deepest consciousness. In this video, I have attempted to reveal a sense of that by presenting these images with mostly the natural sounds and silences along the way.

In deciding to "take the road less traveled", Route 95 did indeed, "make all the difference" and for those contemplating a drive through the desert, this is definitely one to consider.

This begins in Amargosa Valley's "Area 51 Travel Center" home of the "Alien Cathouse" and the first fireworks store outside of Las Vegas. A roadside stop emblematic of the quirkiness of America. Then, on to a brief detour through Death Valley Junction, then Goldfield, NV my most explored stop along the way. Here, you will find a living ghost town rich with breathtaking scenery, history, interesting architecture and some of the best home cooking anywhere at "The Dusty Fender". If you go there, be sure and take the owner/chef's suggestion on what to have. I did, and was treated to a positively delicious, just home-baked cauliflower gratin with a grilled bone-in ham steak.

Then, explored in detail is an abandoned roadside restaurant motel complex reminiscent of the Bagdad Cafe movie setting. A closer examination of the deteriorated signage and graffiti is both revealing and amusing. This is the ghost town of Coaldale. A forlorn but highly atmospheric place. It is situated near a white lake flat along 95 with breathtaking snow capped mountains in the distance. Here, my American Eskimo dogs Cinédar & Foxytrot had a good run and got in touch with their inner coyotes.

Filmed in AVCHD 24Mbs using the mostly the Sony VG-10 with the stock 18mm-200mm and Sony NEX-5N with the Sony 16F28 + ECF1 converter for the wide angle shots.

Points of interest along the way…

Amargosa Valley , NV (Area 51 Travel Center / Alien Cathouse)
Death Valley Junction, NV (hotel/opera house)
Goldfield, NV (Dusty Fender, Crook Street, Bullfrog Goldfield Railroad Co., Santa Fe Club Saloon)
Coaldale, NV (ghost town, site of an abandoned motel, cafe, gas station)
Walker Lake, NV (west of Hawthorne)
Wellington, NV (roadhouse)
Yerington, NV (outlying ranch lands and canyons)

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