When I was young, I wanted to be an astronaut.
I wanted to know was it was like to float alone in silent space. To be weightless. To walk on an alien planet. To feel time stand still.
Although my astronaut dream eventually faded into a childhood memory, my desire to visit another world did not. As much as I love the ocean, the mountains, the depths of a redwood forest… the desert will always have a special place in my heart.