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.