California to Utah. Day One was the longest drive day we have planned…but it was still visually rich.
From the lush Central Valley up into the towering trees in the gold country foothills where Newell lives…then over the Sierra Nevada range and across countless miles of Nevada desert.
An ever changing palette…from hot and dry to THUNDERSTORMS!!! Whooheee! Tape to be posted tonight hopefully. The first hint of recent rain came with the strong scent of desert sage. We could see the storm brewing miles before we hit it and when we met the downpour was so torrential that we could barely see the road. The windshield wipers tried in vain to keep up with the waterfull from above. Lighting clashed and thunder rumbled, creating a true multimedia experience.
A refreshing change from the endless summer that is California.
And then the calm…the day ending with a peaceful drive over the line into Utah, with storm clouds hovering…eventually dissipating into the warm night air…