The University of New Mexico Best Student Essays

Travel

On Wanderlust

By Wesley Alan Morton
Screaming through the desert, dirty, matted hair tangling in the dry air, the hot, Malian sun on my wind-beaten skin, eyes opened wide for maximum intake of the parched, desolate, and dusty expanse, holding on white-knuckled to the tied-down baggage atop an all-terrain vehicle flying erratically over the choppy dirt road, two young, blue-turbaned Tuareg nomads seated on either side of me, approaching the infinite sand dunes of the Sahara just north of Timbuktu, it hits me.