Expo To Essex

    Kicking Off Desert Season

    Kevin BlumerPhotographer, Writer

    There's no official desert season in the Mojave, but the months from October to May are the most pleasant ones. Daytime temperatures range from balmy to chilly and the nights are crisp. By contrast, June, July, August, and September are mostly toasty and unpleasant.

    The Off-Road Expo always brings out the healthy urge to hit the dirt as soon as possible. Naturally, there's only one way to deal with a healthy urge: give in.

    Held each year in early October, the Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California, brings together one of the best collections of off-road hardware this side of anywhere. Whether your passion is trail exploring, rockcrawling, desert racing, sand shooting, or prerunning, you'll find something to fuel your off-road needs at the Off-Road Expo.

    Giving in to a healthy urge, four trucks and five people assembled in the Off-Road Expo parking lot and made a beeline for the Mojave. Ours was a circuitous path as we wound through the desert, ending up at Interstate 40 and Essex Road before we parted ways and returned to our various responsibilities. Expo to Essex was a perfect way to kick off desert season.

    Source
    Mojave National Preserve (administered by the National Park Service)
    (760) 252-6108
    www.nps.gov/moja

    Books
    Mojave Road Guide
    By Dennis G. Casebier
    Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association
    www.mdhca.org

    Guide to 50 Interesting and Mysterious Sites in the Mojave
    By Bill Mann
    Shortfuse Publishing Co.
    30 Hilltop Terrace
    Barstow, CA 92311
    This book is also available through www.amazon.com and the Center for Land Use Interpretation (www.clui.org)

    Southern California's Best Ghost Towns
    By Philip Varney
    University of Oklahoma Press
    www.oupress.com

    Map
    Tom Harrison Maps
    Mojave National Preserve Recreation Map
    (800) 265-9090
    www.tomharrisonmaps.com