As we came down out of the mountains west of Coachella valley in California, nearing Palm Springs, the blowing sand obscured the landscape.
As we drove into Palm Desert, CA the wind was howling. Sand was blowing across the road through holes in the concrete road construction barriers, creating small sand drifts that were torn apart and thrown back into the wind by the cars passing by. The desert scrub along the side of the road had collected small sand drifts on the lee side of each plant struggling to get a foothold in the arid landscape. We were glad to get off the highway and get parked in a campground with some trees that provided a bit of shelter.