Walking back into Tecopa, rain was falling to the west. In the foreground are the ruins of the concentrator-crusher complex that used the railroad that provided the trail through the canyon. It served two local mines. Ore was shipped to Salt Lake City for smelting (see website linked on opening page).
I was going straight back to town, but could not help myself, had to check out the view from the ruins. So I climbed up this little hill:
From the upper ruin, I first looked back into the canyon:
Looking west to the river showed some water sparkling in the remainder of the sun:
Then looking north reminded me it was going to rain soon, with possibility of lightning. So I high-tailed it back to town. Rain was starting to fall on the slopes to the southwest behind the sign for the canyon "road."
Looking to the northwest showed more rain approaching:
So, we hit the road to Shoshone for dinner.
As we passed one of the lakes in the marshy area at the center of the valley (what was part of Lake Tecopah during the last Ice Age), we were arrested by this starling combination of light and rain:
Some of the lobes on this thunderstorm cloud looked like "cumulonimbus mammatus' typical of severe thunderstorms, but probably only indicated zones of high turbulence at the edge of the cloud in this case. This was no severe storm. Shoshone is behind the gentle hill north of the road, about 6 miles away.
Those dramatic clouds were riding over Shoshone, where it was still darkening, but not yet raining:
We decided to dine and imbibe at the Crowbar. Good choice:
When we left and headed back to Pahrump, it was quite dark and sprinkling raindrops.
So, imagine our surprise as we ascended the road back to Pahrump and saw this to our south, where a sliver of the southern Greenwater Valley was receiving the last rays of the sun:
As we ascended, that view just kept getting better, calling for several more photo stops:
It was with some regret we left this scene to go over the hills into the next valley. Imagine our surprise when five minutes later as we crossed over, the sunset was (still) there! And (still) very impressive!
Thnak you, Mother Nature! We needed that to end a very good Winter's day.
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