Deserts in the southwestern United States, including the Mojave Desert, are areas of extreme heat and dryness, just as most of us envision them. A desert basin typically receives no more than a few inches of rain fall in a typical year; where dependable natural water holes and streams lie far apart; where summer daytime air temperatures can soar to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the soil temperatures to well over 150 degrees; and where small-leaf, spiny, low-growing and widely scattered plants offer scant shade or comfort.
It's a miracle that life can survive in the extreme conditions of the deserts. Many reptiles, mammals, birds, fish and amphibians have adapted and, in fact, thrive in the harsh ecosystems of the deserts. Seasonal migration is one of the most fascinating feats of the animal world. Although birds are often the most evident of the migrants, animals as small as pinhead-sized spiders and as large as blue whales migrate by land, air or water. Movements can range in length from less than a mile, for Eurasian milkweed bugs, for example, to the incredible 25,000 miles per year of the arctic tern. Migrations may only be seasonal or may take a lifetime to complete.
To survive, desert plants have adapted to extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. The deserts are renowned for the annual explosion of vibrant spring wildflowers and succulent cactus that adorn their landscapes. Enjoy the beautiful colors and learn about the unique characteristics of the plants that live in the deserts.
For many centuries the desert has been home to human life, from ancient hunters and farmers, to the native cultures Euro-American explorers first recorded, to settlers and modern inhabitants who enjoy its warm, dry climate and stunning vistas. Throughout the desert regions, monuments and parks have been established to preserve the record of these ancient and historic peoples, including cliff dwellings, rock art, ghost towns and historic sites commemorating all manner of human endeavors, adventures and travails.
Learning to be part of the desert's ecosystem is the first step of desert survival. Our philosophy is not to fight the desert, but to become part of its ecosystem. Being prepared is an obvious benefit.
My name is Gary Bowers and I am the owner/operator of Hi Desert Water Transport along with my wife, Kimberly. We have lived in the Morongo Basin since 2006 and feel very at home here. We have a strong appreciation for the desert - we love the climate, open space, and small-town quality of life. As local business owners, we value our customers by providing them with reliable service, fair prices, and certified potable water.
We look forward to meeting you soon!