It was so exciting to wake up to rain, sprinkles, a few drops of moisture this morning. In Arizona, we typically get afternoon, or evening dust storms, followed by thunderstorms, followed by rain, but it's very fast and doesn't last more than an hour or so. This summer, we've had very little of the normal "monsoon" season. But, last night, a terrific storm blew in, rained all night, and was still a little active this morning. I have been waiting for months for this to happen on a weekend, so I could go out a take a few wet desert pictures. Andy was sweet enough to drive us (Ruby and I) over to the White Tanks Mountains, which is about 15 miles west of where we live. It's a little elevated from the rest of the "Valley of the Sun", which should be a perfect opportunity to get some good photos.
Downtown Phoenix is on the horizon, almost directly above the curved arrow sign. Wow, rain clouds in the sky. Ruby was just itching to get out and run around, but, it was not to be.
This is not your friend. It is also not Ruby's friend. This is a cholla cactus. Growing up, we always called them "jumping cactus". Why? It seems as if it jumps on you if you get within a foot of it. I have vivid memories of spending hours following a family picnic, pulling hundreds of cactus needles out of my foot. Not fun. And these things are everywhere out in our deserts. So where was Ruby?
(We did stop and let her run when we got away from the desert. She was happy.)
Something else most people don't expect to find in Arizona...
Rose fields. They've been growing them here for many decades. I think they grow them for the rose oil for fragrances for various companies. They are not like the ones you find in flower shops, but it's fun to see the fields of them, right next to the desert.
So all in all, it was a nice morning drive. Just a prelude to our road trip that starts next Saturday. Our first long road trip (to Seattle) with Ruby. Possibly, our last.