I enjoyed the story about Joshua Tree ["21st Century Solitude," May 4, by Dan Neil]. I am glad everything turned out OK. As you said, at least you didn't have to have a helicopter come and fish you out. I am on the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team; we rescue our share of tired and sore people.
That was a good piece. The only part of the equipment list I didn't get was the iPod. Isn't that sort of antithetical to the trip?