Before the Mast he looked aloft across the bay of Shanghai, China in 1946. Here is what follows:
The Palm Desert area is a strange place. On the contrary I have discovered that it is a mix of surprise elements that I cherish and ponder as impossible at the same time. You see dryness and a lot of nothingness at first glance. After all, this used to be a literal sea. But look closer and impossibly longer and one is exposed to an interesting enough ecological niche to withstand the heat of a never ending, endless summer. We rose daily to wonderful sun rises, long hot afternoons, and most impressive sun sets. Enjoy this pictorial and prose summary of our slow trip to a place we had never visited before.