Skywatching Road Trip

I’ve been incommunicado since last Saturday. I went on a road trip to Arizona to attend my 50th reunion of my first high school, Round Valley High School in Eagar, Arizona. I didn’t graduate from there but I was contacted by several of my classmates and why not go? I like those people and had not seen any of them since my family left the area at the middle of my sophomore year. So I went and had a great time. More on that later, and by the way I am attending my Albuquerque high school 50th reunion in August. How many people do you know get to attend two reunions? Sorry this is a skywatch post so I’ll get to the task at hand.

Keeping it real, iphone shot from the car, bugs on the windshield and all. The west has big skies. I could of taken hundreds of windshield shots but held back.

A leaning water tower in the Texas Panhandle. What I read is that it was intentionally installed that way by a guy who was trying to promote his business. He and the business are gone but the tower remains.


I stopped and checked out the Very Large Array in a remote area of New Mexico called the San Agustin Plain a very flat former lake bed that met the project’s desire for low humidity, “flatness” and isolation from human electrical signals, (you have to turn your cell phone off as well as any device that has bluetooth on it.) More on the VLA later and there were dramatic skies.


Another shot from the San Agustin Plain. It takes forever it seems to drive across, my father always called it the “San Agustin Very Plain.”

So I am glad to be back home now and I am linking to Skywatch Friday

15 thoughts on “Skywatching Road Trip

  1. Penelope Notes

    Didn’t those fifty years fly? These are endless clouds in the skies. Haha … what a clever marketer trying to duplicate the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The water tower will be a topic of conversation as long as it stands.

  2. Pat

    Beautiful skies and clouds!

    Glad you were able to go to one 50th reunion and meet with friends. I missed my 50th HS reunion as it was held in NY toward the end of the covid era and I was not comfortable flying back east. Maybe I’ll make the 60th!

  3. Alana

    These are some towering clouds, and I think I’m seeing rain falling from the sky in the last photo – but maybe not. Two reunions in year. I haven’t been to one reunion in 50 plus years.

  4. Ellen

    Glad you got to get out on the open road! I think it’s great you kept in contact with some of your classmates. Those sky views are amazing!

  5. Sallie

    Had to scroll back to find out more about that reunion trip. I was surprised to read you’d been to school in Arizona so now you’ve cleared that up. We visited the Very Large Array on our first trip through New Mexico years ago (we called NM the state we couldn’t leave –so much of interest). I have a bunch of pictures from there, but I guess back at least then they allowed digital cameras.

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