Alone with Venus and Jupiter
Woo, lucky me! There was still an open campsite available when I made it to the Alvord Desert! I was worried it would be full.
I didn’t actually realize it at the time, but those two brightest points in the sky are Venus and Jupiter keeping me company in the desert from many millions of miles away. Those other bright lights on the horizon are the campfires of the nearest humans; They’re a bit closer at around 4 miles away, but still far enough away to provide me with what was surely the quietest and most peacefully isolated night I’ve ever experienced.
I feel quite lucky that my poorly planned journey through eastern Oregon brought me to such a place, and equally lucky that my Subaru started up without any trouble in the morning when it came time to leave… 🙂