A Generator and Dust
The morning after the horrendous thunderstorm at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley. We heard a number of generators running (we had no power ourselves). This one was outside the registration office. It didn't produce enough juice for them to get their computers going, though. They made a note that we were leaving and that half a tree had fallen on our cabin -- but the note was handwritten and our bill was left settled.
The air got dusty whenever any kind of vehicle went by. The mud from the flood dried to a fine powder that was easily raised -- and then hung in the air and spread all around. I've seen floods after hurricanes where everything touched by the water showed some kind of mark. After this storm everything looked covered with powder.
Originally posted in 2006.