Ruins of an 1850s-era adobe fort rest beside the Santa Fe Trail on the highest of New Mexico’s High Plains, next to the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Metaphorically, this is a window to the past, conjuring the rich history of three forts constructed and used here in the mid to late 1800s, by and for the Southwestern frontier army. Literally, it was a fine window to observe convection building in the nearby mountains—some of which evolved into a flood-producing supercell later on this toasty August afternoon. When waiting for storms, I much rather would find and explore proximal historic places like this, or a natural area, than any grimy old gas station or noisy truck stop. The chase targets more than the storms; it’s about pursuing learning, history, natural wonderment…and a life worth living.