I recently headed out to US Route 395 in search of fall colors in Mono County. It was a horrible, horrible drive. When I left home at 2:30am the lightning storm was just settling down without dropping any rain. I didn’t realize that I was headed into the big storm. The further northeast I drove, the bigger the flashes of lightning. I was storm chasing! Out on the desolate stretch of road, the lightning put on a scary yet beautiful display. I so wanted to find a turn off and get some awesome lightning photos, but decided against it since the strikes (for me) were a little too close for comfort. I almost turned back and went home, but I drove on. Really? What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
On December 30th a very rare thing happened, it snowed in Joshua Tree National Park! When I was a kid, our church pastor had a thing about Joshua Tree. I never understood it. I had never been. I didn’t even know exactly where it was. I stumbled upon Joshua tree in May of 2012 during a day trip to Salton Sea. It was pitch black that night so I took the opportunity to take some really bad star photos.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, I got in my car and took a little day trip to Niland and the Salton Sea. It was a beautiful fall day, sunny and mid 70s in the desert. I had the sunroof open and was having a grand ole time. Little did I know that I would be driving home that night in my bare feet and smelling like poo.
I took a drive down the coast to La Jolla one fine October day. You see, I had heard of this place where you could go down a tunnel into a deep dark cave where cool things would be revealed. I arrived at the Cave Store with my $5 in hand ready for an adventure! The sign at the entrance was foreboding “145 Steps. Please do not attempt the trip if physically unable.” I hoped I had the skills necessary.