This area is informally known as Smuggler’s Gulch, since it used to be a popular route for people crossing the border. The construction equipment Rolly sees is gone now, used to widen and clear the area to make it a less attractive route. As you can see from the photographs, it really does collect all sorts of refuse.
Photo by Robert Drake, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 US)
There is a wide area next to Smuggler’s gulch where you can pull your off the road.The trees I’m referring to as “Smoke trees” are below. I’m not sure this is the correct identification. If you can correctly identify these trees from the photos below, let me know. I’ll make it worth your while.
Photo by Bruce Fayman, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 US)
In the text, I refer to the “briny mud marshes” and “tough thickets of plants”. Here’s a few examples:
Tangerine – the red-haired woman’s name is taken from a song title. You can choose the track of the same from the Led Zeppelin III album as my inspiration, or perhaps Johnny Mercer’s song of the same name, either one’s okay with me.