We took a trip to Flagstaff last week. We left Tucson on a Tuesday morning, the sun was bright and the high was to be in the 70’s. We were going for a panel discussion and a look at the Fred Harvey: Branding the Southwest exhibit at the Cline library on the Northern Arizona University campus. Just outside of Flag we went through a horrific hail storm that iced the roads. At least six drivers didn’t have the sense to slow down and ended up off the sides of the road or in the median. By the time we arrived in Flag the hail and rain had stopped. We decided it would be wise to eat first and then check into the hotel. Flagstaff is a college town and we thought we could find a good pizza place. We settled on Fratelli’s and it was an excellent choice.
Just a few doors down from Fratelli’s was this opening in the buildings. I loved the composition of the fallen leaves, the red and the green. Fall was still very much in evidence. When we got inside the pizza place, I checked my weather app. It said the next day would bring three to six inches of snow to Flag. Oh my, we are desert dwellers. We haven’t driven in snow since 1972.
I woke up around midnight and it looked like we were inside of snow globe. By the next morning there were several inches covering the cars. Jim decided to head on down and get it off while it was still nice and fluffy! We ate breakfast and headed out for a day of exploration.
What a weird day it turned out to be. There were times you could barely see, then the storm would stop and the sun would peek out. A few minutes later we would be in a blizzard. Here we are at the visitor’s center in the old railroad depot. Amtrak still comes through twice a day to pick up and drop off passengers as it makes it’s way between Los Angeles and Chicago.
It was around noon and it looked like dusk. Have to admit it was sure pretty dusting the trees still wearing their fall colors.
Around 4:30 we headed over to the campus. The snow came down with a vengeance. This must have been one cold ride home for some individual.
Look at the beautiful trees. It was slipping and sliding to get to our car.
Here we are covered in snow again. It was definitely a little on the wild side driving the two miles back to our hotel. We arrived safely and in for the night. More snow was on it’s way. It ended up being a record day with over ten inches. The good news we had come in the car and stayed in a hotel. Originally we had planned to bring the RV and then head on to the Grand Canyon for a couple of days. I think we made the right decision. We decided to head on home the next morning.
Jim had to clean off the car again, but the day was sunny with some huge clouds. The car is wondering what is this thing hanging off of me? The first 50 miles heading south were beautiful. The sky was blue, clouds were white, the trees were wearing a coat of snow. As the wind blew, Mother Nature was cleaning off her children. It was fascinating to watch the snow drifting towards the ground. What a white, cold adventure. It would have been perfect weather to be snuggled under a blanket, gazing out a huge picture window and watching Nature bring on her winter attitude. We sure are spoiled little desert rats. One of my favorite sayings is, you don’t have to shovel heat!!