On The Way Home to Carlsbad, New Mexico
After two cloudy days with occasional sprinkles in Las Vegas, it was a surprise to wake up to a bright sunny day for my departure. The clarity of the view into the Grand Canyon of Arizona, on the flight to Phoenix, was very nice:
The storm system that had left Las Vegas overnight was off to the southeast, and a few trailing clouds of that system is visible at the top right of the above two photos. Flying south and a bit east too, soon we caught up with that storm system and it was cloudy all the way to El Paso with some light turbulence:
From El Paso it was a driving trip back to Carlsbad and there was light rain along the way, and at one point some sun-rays breaking through a hole in the overcast to the west. . .
. . . which, to the east, created this nice rainbow:
Underneath that mass of clouds and rain was the pass over the toe of the Guadalupe Mountains where the clouds touched the ground (for) and it rained quite hard (great for the trees on the flanks of the Guadalupes!). When I reached home I walked our dog, Trixie, in a very nice snowstorm that lasted the entire following day. It is Winter!
(That bank of lights illuminates the historic Carlsbad irrigation flume on our favorite walking path.)
No matter what the trip, it is always good to get home!
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