Rain in the desert

First thing I need to thank all of you for the birthday wishes of yesterday.

Lynn from the UK, Indira from the Dominican Republic, Shar from New Zealand, Shelly from Illinois, Maureen from Texas, my kids in Colorado, my girls in Arizona who sang to me, my Joe who also sang to me several times, and a man polishing the chrome grill of his truck at a truck stop yesterday morning after he extended his polishing cloths and compound and I told him I got a pass on work because it was my birthday. Thank you all, each and every one of you.

We delivered the last of the Wal-Mart trucks to Las Vegas yesterday. So glad that is finally finished. Joe figured the miles we drove, delivering plus all the deadheading from home and the back and forth. 15,785 miles. I’m almost afraid to take a financial look at what we have done this month.

After delivering we drove over 300 miles to Arizona to see our girls and to get ready for the Swift trucks we will be moving to Las Vegas before we can finally head for home.

Rain met us near Kingman, Arizona. A welcome cooling rain.


The sky was heavy with clouds. Windshield wipers clapped noisily during heavy rains then whispered as we drove out of it. 200 miles of downpour and sprinkles. Made the air smell good.

At first glance, the desert looks as though there is nothing but dry dead weeds.


Look closer and the statuesque Saguaro stands as sentinels pointing to the sky. Drawing your attention from the ground.


Mesquite trees, in many varieties, are seen in abundance as they reach outward and upward dancing in the rain and breezes.


The Ocotillo (O-ka-tea-yo) with their groups of spikes hide in and around the Mesquite and wild sagebrush.


Someone not familiar with the desert plant life would think this place inhospitable and dead. For as far as the eye can see the desert looks empty and foreboding. The summer heat does nothing to dispel that notion either.


An unfamiliar traveller need only look closer to see the beauty hidden here. Keep your vehicle from overheating and you will, eventually, get to civilization.

Have a fantastic Sunday everyone. I’m going to spend the day with our daughters and get some much needed rest.



About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

One response to “Rain in the desert

  • gardenpinks

    Do you realise that you could have driven to the UK and back again within those 15,000 miles???
    Beautiful desert scenery, how anyone can think it lifeless? So many creatures thrive in those arid conditions yet are not seen by many.
    Enjoy your rest and enjoy catching up with your girls.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

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