Wow, people really get uptight when it snows down here in southern Arizona. TV stations send out a bazillion reporters to cover every freaking flake and snowman. Then school gets canceled, and the highway department runs its lone snowplow 24/7 (everybody else gets a road grader). But I guess they ran out of road graders because up in Madera Canyon they barricaded the road... yeah, like three miles out... where pavement was snowless and practically dry. So Goldie's up in the campground, freezing her tailpipes off while we're sitting at a roadblock wondering how to get home. What are we supposed to do, get a motel?
It's oxymoronic how criminally stupid laws and/or actions by agencies of government turns honest law abiding citizens into criminals. This required yet another act of Civil Disobedience, so I drove Sue Bee around, not one, but two, "ROAD CLOSED" barricades about a mile apart (gee, they were serious). Under the cover of dusk... stealth mode, lights out... we sneaked back into camp.
I didn't hit any snow on the road until the canyon proper at Proctor Road. Winding up another couple of miles there was all of an inch at the most... and no one was stirring, not even a mouse. The campground had emptied out so we had it all to ourselves. Cool! We'll build X rated snow-men and women first thing in the morning :0
Not trying to be a Snow Snob, but this fear of letting citizens drive in an inch of snow mentality makes Coloradans roll with laughter. It takes two feet to keep Sue Bee on her leash back home, and even then she's gnawing on it.
We woke up to clear skies and another few inches of snow, a total of 4 to 6 inches depending on where you measure and who you ask. This called for a snow-hike up the mountain! Here's what it looked like Post "Blizzard."
|My poor Honda! But it started right up...|
|Ice Ice Baby!|
|Ready to go on a Snow Hike?|
|The snow got deeper the further we went up the mountain...|
|Ebony and Ivory|
|Beautiful Sycamores... my favorite of all trees|