Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monsoons


Rain moved through the hi-desert late last week and over the weekend. There were some spectacular storms. We had thunder, lightning and heavy rain at our house. Over in Joshua Tree, there was hail and flooding. East of 29 Palms, Hwy. 62 was damaged and closed for repairs.


In between storms, Bill and I drove to Joshua Tree National Park early one morning. Got rained on a bit, but the clouds passed through. We stopped at Hidden Valley, where we were the only people (a rare event--it's usually overrun by tourists). It was wonderful to wander about and take pictures with no one else in sight.


Then we drove on to Keys View--and again, we were the only folks around. The usual summer smog was absent, and though there was a wee bit of haze, we could see all the way to the Salton Sea.

After enjoying the view, we stopped to read a small sign on the way back to the car--just a piece of paper encased in plastic and stuck to a post. Turns out it's a warning about aggressive bees! Apparently they've been swarming, chasing, and attacking people--the warning was, keep your car windows closed; don't carry food or water with you; and if you're allergic to bees, stay in your car and/or visit someplace else in the park. Given the severity of the warning, we thought the sign should be bigger!