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There's No Day Like a Snow Day
The Saturday before last brought our first consequential precipitation in months. Strangely, even though spring started arriving here in January, this storm was sufficiently cold to give us snow at higher elevations. When we woke up the next morning, I had an e-mail from a friend asking whether I'd had a chance to look at "our" mountain -- as we refer to the western terminus of the Catalina Range -- before the snow had melted.

Even though I'd risen pretty late, the whiteness was still there for the seeing. Since Kim had to do some things for work, I volunteered to take Skylar on a drive to look for material for her homework assignment on life in the desert. By the time we got out of the house, it was nearly 1pm. Nevertheless, I held out hope of finding some snow for her to touch. Remembering that I'd seen cars driving down from the town of Oracle with snow on them in previous winters, I decided to head up that way.

Success! As we neared the turn-off, I could see snow pretty far down the hills on the outskirts of town. Soon there was white stuff on the side of the road. I snaked my way up towards the water tower until I found the perfect place to park. Soon, Skylar was tromping around in her sneakers, feeling that uniquely muffled crunch for the first time. And then she was throwing snowballs my way with enormous glee:

After a half hour at that location, I decided to press on to Oracle State Park, which I'd never visited before. There Skylar and I hiked a short trail to a view, passing a dead skunk along the way, and made a 5-minute snowman:

Adorable, isn't it? That was one of several nice close-ups Skylar captured with her camera. Here she is in the process of taking it, with a recontextualized cactus for good measure:

On the way back down the trail, we threw some more snowballs, then stopped to contemplate the dead skunk once more, since Skylar had decided to make the corpse the "desert observation" required for her homework. The Catalinas looked even more beautiful on the drive back then they had on the way there. I eventually had to pull to the side of the road to record the remarkable sky and the snow-dappled ridge:

There are many good things about living where we do. But proximity to that view of the Catalinas has to be one of the best. I'm glad my parents got to see the way the snow that fell this past weekend transformed them and the other major ranges in the area. I wish it would snow every weekend.

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From: zokah Date: March 23rd, 2006 07:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
the juxtaposition of cactus and snow is like some sort of bittersweet poetry.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 23rd, 2006 07:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. That's a great way of describing it. It's poignant. Cactus are so anthropomorphic to begin with.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: March 23rd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My father was telling me he had snow in Albuquerque a few weeks ago but, I think that's a higher elevation than Tucson. But, I'm surprised at the number of people here in FL that have never seen snow live. I guess I take it for granted because, even though I've lived in subtropical climate since 1957, I have still been in snow in the winter during the subsequent years. Skylar looks like she had some fun up there.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 23rd, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's actually a lot easier for parents, even lower-income ones, to give their children that experience here than in Florida. We have mountains, after all. I do love Albuquerque. I'm envious of your father's living there. Glad to see that you're settling in to your new place of residence. I bet something good will come of all that proximity to computer people.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: March 23rd, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Computer people, yes, I'm hearing stuff I have NO idea about. But, I'll be learning new stuff. That's what's important for me. I like it that there are no party guys here and everyone respects everyone. That's pretty amazing when you think about it because nobody locks up there room and the front door is unlocked all day and people know that they can just walk in. Clients and friends, that is. I feel much better about what I'll face this summer too. Gotta run to a meeting now... see ya!
gpratt From: gpratt Date: March 23rd, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


The day looks like it was just incredible.
From: thewhitaker Date: March 23rd, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My pals from WV also saw some snow on their visit. We drove to Tombstone, and I was pleased to find the drive more Appalachian-ish than Arizona. I'm all for snow every weekend. I'm also up for food and drinks. When is good for you?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 23rd, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Week after next. We can celebrate the Big East's triumph.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: March 23rd, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, it was a great week for guests. We went to the Chiricahuas and it was amazing.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: March 24th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bertsch Ridge in the snow!

You make me miss the desert. *smile*
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