Friday, May 8th, 2015
After taking a few days off from work, I traveled back to the Mojave Desert to spend some quality time with my parents. It had been over 4 months since I last seen them over the holidays, so this was very much needed. When I arrived, there was a very powerful wind blowing through the entire High Desert region and by the next day, the local mountains were being capped by clouds attempting to roll over the tops and on occasion you could see what appeared to be snow hiding on the partially hidden peaks.
The weather in the desert was in the low 70’s and somewhat clear, so I loaded up the Starship with my camera equipment and traveled in the company of my parents who were eager to come along for an exploratory drive to the mountains just beyond Wrightwood, CA.
One of the many reasons I love living in the part of the Mojave is the fact that we only have to drive 45 minutes to see some pretty amazing sites and hidden natural treasures.
“Ready to hit the road for a small adventure”
“Looking north, all seemed partly sunny and clear for the most part, but the view to the south was a different story completely”
“The clouds from the recent storm lined the edge of the High Desert like a massive tsunami wall that would never come crashing down”
“I wouldn’t mind having a nice home on some large property like these folks here, the photo opportunities could be endless”
“The incoming clouds crashed up and slightly over the peaks of the nearby mountains”
“A closer look at the creeping clouds”
“This is the Yodeler in Wrightwood, a most excellent place known for it’s tasty burgers”
As we passed the small mountain town of Wrightwood, we gradually made our way up HWY 2 just past the Mt. High Ski Resort. The elevation immediately surpassed 6,000ft from that point on and to our surprise, the trees were still frost covered from the overnight storm. This was a very rare thing to have access on a road without snow or ice while having the trees exhibiting this kind of freezing.
The last time I had experienced this kind of event was on a Monday, February 25th, 2008.
Today would turn out to be a very beautiful early mother’s day gift for my mom.
“The highway became a scene straight out of Silent Hill as we approached 7,000ft of elevation”
Blue Ridge Summit
We finally stopped at the Blue Ridge summit(7,360ft) for some very cool photo opportunities. I was so happy to see that both my mom and dad were amazed at what they were seeing and even happier to see them snapping photos like crazy of this Winter Wonderland that came in in the middle of what was otherwise a very warm Spring.
“My headlights became light sabres in the dense fog”
“One of the many fire roads up here was open for business, but with the sunset approaching, I dared not go this time around”
“My dad spotted a couple of really cool hitchhikers up here, but I don’t think they would have survived the ride…lol”
“A lone pine cone literally chills in it’s snowy bed”
“Evidence of the effects of the wind on the snowfall and freezing weather left some it’s beautiful marks on the trees”
“Oh to hike on a trail in these wonderful conditions would have been especially awesome”
“Being here was like hanging out in some very northerly part of a Canadian forest”
“Once the fog began to clear in the immediate area, a lot more detail became visible”
“As we headed home, the fog cleared just enough to produce some vibrant sunset colors peering through this very winter setting”
Our trip came to a close when my mom had just remembered that she had left some sweet potatoes baking in the oven…lol
We headed home, but that was okay because I think we all had a super fun day in the clouds and snow =)
That’s about it for now so until the next adventure, remember to always “Shoot the Planet!”
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