I think this is a pencil cholla cactus, near Nipton, Mojave National Preserve
Date: June 01, 2009, 16h08
I turn left into the old driveway leading down to Thomas Place, that abandoned building ahead
Thomas Place is a good place to take a short break. My cell phone hasn't had any reception for a few days, but it works here, so I make a call to change my outgoing message so callers know I'm not lost or missing.