2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Midnight at Monahans Sandhills - see tent on top of dune

Sunrise over the dunes

Early morning view of the dunes

Early morning walkers on the dunes

Sun casting shadows in the dunes

 

Ripples and footsteps

Early tobogganers

 

Enjoying sunrise

Relaxing on the "beach" in West Texas

Rain, hail, and a rainbow over Winnie

Sue holding some of the hailstones

Rainbow over the campground

Calm between the storms

The real storm moves in

Lightning bolt


Today started our to be a beautiful day as you can see from the sunrise pictures in this post. We spent most of the day relaxing and reading under the picnic shelter at our campsite. I even took a nap. After I woke up, I was thinking about preparing dinner. When I went outside, I noticed dark clouds to the northeast that soon turned black and you could see a faint rainbow. Before too long it started to rain big drops and then hail. Some of the hail stones were nearly as big as golf balls. The storm front moved over and blue sky was visible for a short period of time before the real storm moved in. We got weather alerts on the phone warning of severe thunderstorms in the area with high winds. They were right. We buttoned up Winnie and were ready to ride out the storm. As I'm writing this near midnight, the winds still blowing shaking Winnie. It reminded us of riding out Tropical Storm Bill in Matagordo Bay in 2015. At least we don't have to worry about a flood, I hope. It's another Texas weather story we can add to our memory book. We'll be heading west in the morning toward El Paso for a maintenance day and some shopping. Stay tuned.

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