There's a different kind of silence in the desert. It's something you would never think of, but when you spend any time in the desert you realize it's like living in a vacuum. There is true silence in the desert. No birds chirping or crickets and even the wind is silent as it flows over the dry sand.
For the first week of our time in the desert, we would continually look at each other and say "it's so weird here!" It is weird in the desert, it's a harsh environment, and when you come from a place that's covered in trees it's hard to imagine why anyone would settle here. But then you spend some time here, and some more time, and the desert grows on you, ironically since nothing appears to grow here.
We've now spent more time in the desert than not in our travels so far. It's chilly nights and hot days have captivated us. We love the dry heat, but not what it does to our poor dehydrated skin. That's what they make coconut oil for right? We love the silence, and we especially love that we can find great wild camping with no one in sight, and lay out in the sun in our birthday suits.
Come to the desert, listen to the silence, feel the dry heat, and if you're lucky, and you come at the right time you might just be able to see this dusty place bloom.