Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mountain weather versus desert weather~Scenic Sunday~102112

You know, I NEVER really know what kind of weather I'll run into up at the ranch.  It's at 4,000 feet elevation.  I live at 224 feet elevation, in the desert.  Hubby had to work the afternoon/evening shift last night, so I had the afternoon free! It was about 85 degrees in the desert when I left.  So, about 4 p.m., I headed up Highway 74, toward Garner Valley to look for fall colors (found 'em!), and then over to the horse ranch.  I remembered that the owners said they would be gone yesterday, to a bird mart.  She breeds and sells birds to help support her horses.  Seems like everybody who has horses either has to work or have a side income, right?  Anyway, as I came down the hill toward the ranch, I saw a bank of fog off in the distance.  Okay.  No big deal, right?  WRONG!  That fog bank moved in so quickly, thanks to the wind, that in an hour, the entire valley's sky was overcast, the temperature dropped (and, believe me, it was COLD!) and the sun disappeared.  I fed the herd the last of their pellets (I'm returning today to buy a car load of pellets...) and as I was leaving the ranch, the owners drove in.  We chatted for a few minutes and they told me they hit RAIN  (yes...RAIN!) on their way back from the bird mart.  Of course, I had to drive further down the valley to investigate this!  Here are some pics I took of the fog/clouds moving in...I'm hoping when I return there this morning, I'll see the fog again.  However, it was NOT fun driving home through it.  It was drifting across the road and visibility at times was VERY limited.  And, it was DARK and COLD!  Last week I just threw some of my sweaters in my car and I'll probably need one this morning! And, yes, the desert was clear and warm when I returned.  No fog there!  Scenic Sunday for October 21, 2012.  To visit Scenic Sunday, please go to:


Russ Krecklow said...

Always amazing what a difference a little elevation makes. Thanks for sharing those interesting photos. Hope you're feeling better now.

Linnea said...

It's been pretty warm and sunny around here in NorCal...could use some of that fog you're getting to cool things down a bit!