Experiencing winter bird migration, 2008 travel blog

Contrails turned into mares tails by high altitude winds

Mountains and false clouds

Smog seen hundreds of miles east of LA

Smog, thick and brown between the mountains

San Bernardino mountains covered with snow

I plan on making it home today which makes for a long day of driving so, with a 6:45am start on a clear, crisp morning, I backtracked to Safford and continued weston the historic Old Western Highway, through more miles cotton fields. Cotton fields line the highway for some 82 miles from Duncan to Peridot.

The sky, as we drove through north Yuma Proving Grounds, was full of interesting ‘cloud’ formations. These were created by contrails whipped into mares tails by the high altitude winds. A rest stop provided e with an opportunity to photograph these.

At Blythe, on the California/Arizona border, I was disgusted to see how far east the LA smog travels. Blythe was shrouded in a light cloud of smog which got thicker the closer to LA we got. At Indio it was so thick it diffused the outline of the mountains. From Palm Desert it was brown. The San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains were covered in a heavy frosting of snow, down to 3,000n ft, which, in spite of the smog, still made a spectacular backdrop.

Darkness descended as I headed south through an the interesting Morongo landscape. Being a Friday of a holiday week traffic was very heavy so going was slow. We arrived home just before 7pm after the longest day's drive I have made in the RV - 536 miles.

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