Huff and puff and blow your house…

It’s been a very blustery couple of days here in the High Desert. Winds have knocked out power and caused near white-out conditions due to sand on some roads. I saw someone’s bedliner on the side of the road this morning coming to work. I drive with my tailgate down when it’s this windy to prevent mine from getting sucked right out of the back of my truck. Then again, I could put something in their to weight it down if only I would do it instead of just talking about it. Today is what my dad would call a 5 inch wind (the size of rocks it blows).

Look before you crest…

After discovering a bolt in my tire last week, I decided to replace all four tires on my truck rather than just one. I decided with Renee to get All-Terrain tires since the sidewalls on my tires were getting so beat up on our dirt road. To try the new tires out, we went driving in Juniper Flats, an area in the mountains by our house. While following the trail, we came to a point where the trail appeared to crest the top of a very high hill next to a powerline. I decided to slow down and stop before proceeding as I could not see past the hood to the downside. Good thing I did as the trail ended and there was a pretty steep drop on the other side (shown from the opposite direction above). We ended up spending the next 30 minutes crawling down a trail on the side of a mountain before reaching level ground. No guardrail and no way to turn around. Turned Renee’s knuckles very white. Fun for the whole family.