We took a quick getaway last week to an alien environment - the red rock desert. For most of our time in the desert, it was sunny and warm during the days. We enjoyed the warmth immensely.
This is an extremely wide-angle view of the canyon area where we camped for a few days, with a desert "pot hole" in the foreground. It shows how different the desert world is from our home.
This morning was shocking as we faced full-on winter after a week in the desert. It was about 10°F with a fresh layer of snow covering our world.
Partway through Shyla's and my morning outing, a wind suddenly started blowing off the mountains to our west, as you can tell from the snow crystals clinging to Shyla's fur.
Although my body had a tough time dealing with the cold today, it was nice to be back in our home environment.
Even Shyla seemed cold at times, lifting a paw off the snow to try to warm it every now and then. But high speed leaping warmed her up!
Now it's back to normal life. Sadly, the desert did not heal my spine or make my pain vanish so I have an important test tomorrow and then some decisions to face. In between those things, I'll be looking through the photos from our fun getaway and enjoying the true mountain winter that is going on right now!