Filing from Dow Villa motel, Lone Pine, California7:55 pm, 39 degrees: Left Las Vegas around 1 pm. Stopped in frozen Beatty, Nevada a couple of hours later. Hiked around Death Valley’s Mesquite flat sand dunes (much warmer) around 3:30 or 4 pm. Arrived in Lone Pine around 6:45 pm. The Sierras are snow-covered and shrouded in mist.

The basic visual aesthetic is the same one that Steven Spielberg used for the little red-coat girl in Schindler’s List, minus the horror.