| urvy roads hug the hilly and mountainous desert landscape on the route to Adobeland. Majestic saguaro cacti tower high above in the mountains and smaller cacti and shrubs punctuate the sandy desert ground. The intensity of the hills leads to a series of dips in the road--deep and curvaceous stretches leading deeper and deeper into the desert. After a few miles of dips, our route flattens to become a country highway and then changes to a gravel road. Many of the road signs are in Spanish and homes become more spaced apart. Lanes leading to houses are almost impossible to distinguish until you're almost past them. Many are narrow dirt lanes with overgrown desert shrubbery on both sides of the entrance.
There are no visible markers indicating the presence of the land, except for a wooden sign with the street number painted in blue. It is hidden in the entrance of the lane leading into Adobeland. The sign is surrounded by trash and recycling cans on all sides.
A narrow lane leads to the middle of the land. Our car slows over the hills and bumps in the road. On both sides of the lane, there are parking spaces marked with metal numbers attached to small squares of wood. Unsure of where to go, we park at a clearing in the middle of the land.