We decided to take a quick detour to Desert Hot Springs on our way out to 29 Palms. We always drive right by... never stop. I don't think we did it justice today... just a few quick stops, but I did get a couple of good photos.
|Old water tower on west side of 62|
|Turquoise jewelry on turquoise sky|
|Wind turbine on outskirts of Desert Hot Springs|
So on up the hill towards Morongo Valley. We were noticing some big storm clouds on the horizon. We made a quick stop in the "dig your own" cactus store in Morongo to pick up a Sun Runner magazine. Always good stuff to take photos of in this store, so grabbed my camera before heading in!
As we got to our place in 29, no rain, but lots or dark clouds and evidence of rain in the last couple days (rutted roads, etc). As we settled it, the thing that was really noticeable was the abundant animal life... birds, rabbits, squirrels, lizards... all the animals appeared to be celebrating their new-found easy access to water! We watched their antics all weekend, and they really kept us entertained.
|Antelope squirrel (on right) and unidentified rascal (on left)|
|Waiting patiently for the squirrels to finish eating!|
If you've ever heard the rattle from a rattlesnake, you will never forget it. It's very loud and unmistakable. My first thought was "how in the world do people step on these things?" My second thought was "I didn't know my wife could run so fast! Where's my camera?" Anyway, that was our big excitement for the day. The snake went in a deep crevice in the rocks, so sorry, no picture to share, and I wanted to respect his space since he gave us such a nice courtesy rattle!
|Setting sun in "Rattlesnake Gulch"|
|Lightning over the 29 Palms Marine Base and near the radio antenna on Hwy 62|