Last night, Marla and I went to a local restaurant. We were told that the Marines that are going to Iraq are usually trained here in 29 Palms. This base and the desert surrounding it simulates the terrain in Iraq more than any other place.
That might also help explain why 10 miles a day on a horse is about all we can put these guys through. Today both horses sunk further into the sand than at any other point in the desert. There is a different critter in this area called a Kittfox (not sure of the spelling). These guys dig tunnels in large areas which is probably what we rode into that cause them to sink so deep. We also rode across dunes...our guys were pretty tired even after only six miles.
Tomorrow we understand there might be a desert road for us to follow to the Palms which is our next camp site. It will be a ten mile ride.
I also want to say hello to all our family and friends. We miss you all so much and appreciate your calls. Keep us in your prayers.