Wednesday, December 8, 2021

More magic......

7:23 am - Wednesday - December 8th - Anza Borrego Desert, CA - 53° F, 40% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the west....heavy overcast now, but clearing later today with a forecast high of 74° F.  On this date in 2016 we had just arrived at the property of good friends Tom and Darlene in Wittmann, AZ for our annual stay.  Tom has a number of pinball machines out in his very large garage (I call it the 'barn'), and he programmed one to show a greeting for cool.....↴

If you've been reading our blog for any time you know I take a lot of sunset pictures, whenever the opportunities present themselves, of course.  Out here in the Anza Borrego Desert with a giant horizon stretching from east to west there are sometimes, if one is awake at the time, when you are able to catch some amazing sunrises.  Tuesday was one such morning......I usually sleep with the my window open each night so I can see the stars when I awaken during the night, and feel the balmy desert breezes.  I woke up around 6 am Tuesday to see what appeared to be the beginnings of a beautiful sunrise.  There were clouds stretched across the eastern horizon, and one could see tinges of crimson beginning to appear, so I got up, put on some clothes, and went outside to see what would develop.....I was not disappointed...... this time I realized we were in for a treat, so I roused TLE, and convinced her to come outside to share the experience.....

Looking east be sure, the main attraction was the eastern sky, but frankly, it did not matter which direction you looked, because the entire sky was a light show......

Still looking east

Looking west

Looking south

Looking north...isn't that one of the coolest cloud formations?

TLE snapped these pictures of the actual sun peaking through the clouds right at sunrise

....the daily forecast indicated an actual chance of rain around 10 am, so we moved our firewood, and some of the chairs inside the trailer.  By 9:30 am we could see that it was raining in the mountains to the north......

....and by 10 am the weather prophesiers were proved correct as rain drops began to appear on our just cleaned windshield...... never really rained, but just sprinkled on and off for about 2 hours.  The day itself was just as forecast....heavy cloud cover in every direction......





......due to lack of solar rays to re-energize our batteries, whose charge percentage sat at 85%,  we ran the Honda generator for a few hours maxing out the charge percentage at 98% when we turned her off for the day around 10 am.  Once you hit 97, or 97% the charge rate slows significantly, so if you are going to use a generator to charge your batteries better to use it when the batteries are at their lowest to get the most bang for the fuel buck.  After you hit 98% you are just wasting fuel needlessly.

It never got above 64° F the entire day, and it was a little breezy, so we both spent most of the day indoors reading, and enjoying the ever present view which literally surrounds us.  This truly a magical place!

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