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Saturday, February 23, 2019

When Old Man Winter Deals You Lemons, Make Lemonade Slushies

So it snows on our "parade." Boo Hoo. But it doesn't do a damn bit a good to throw a fit and whine. I mean gee, Mark, try to save your energy for bigger battles, you know, the life and death ones.

Hey Bobbie, I don't think I brought any long pants. 

Ha! Suck it up, Mark, you're a big boy. 

My dear ole daddy taught me to never start a fight, but if someone throws a first punch, I should roll with it so it don't hurt as much. Well, the Arid-zona weathermen and women are throwing punches. I remember what Da mindful Buddha said:  If you choose not to find the joy in snow, you will have less joy in your life and still the same amount of snow.

Alrighty then!  I dig around in Goldie's nooks and crannies for something to keep my legs warm. Panty hose! Nope, too small. Leg warmers (from the 80's, thank you Jane Fonda)! Nope, moth-eaten. Then I stumble across an old pair of greasy coveralls, stashed way back in a corner cabinet, for those times when I need to crawl under Goldie to see what's leaking oil.  Perfect! That's how to turn lemons to lemonade...or slushies, yeah, lemon slushies, then go outside and do exactly what we were put here to do. MOVE! 

Someday, we'll have the right gear for the right situation (sigh). Maybe even invest in a GPS and one of those fancy satellite locator thingies. But for now, it's greasy Carhart coveralls.

Camp Catalina Boondock got a little windy last night

Measured almost 4 inches of heavy wet snow at camp.   

With snow still coming down, we take a snowy winter hike through the desert. This kind of storm happens only once every 50 to 100 years. How lucky are we to not miss out? 

A couple of days ago this was a wadable creek. Now it's a river.

After a couple-three miles, it's time to turn around. Need some portable rollup waders to carry in our packs! 
Peace out,
Snowbirds Mark and Bobbie


  1. When I heard about that rare snow storm, I knew you were going to post about it! Purdy! You're both so lucky :)

  2. LOVE the new header photo of Bobbie and Goldie! 4 inches? Nothing for two Ourayians.............. -scamp

  3. PS It just doesn't SEEM RIGHT to see you in long greasy pants.....-S

  4. Ah, it sure is nice over here by Yuma. Yessir, this is the life....bein' able tuh pick up and go. It's a good thing you can read. I mean, where would you BE without the words of Da Mindful Budda? Gol-darn! With wisdom like that you'll have joy from there to the Arctic. (Hopefully, it won't last TOO long.)

    It IS 230 miles. It took me three days.

  5. I think those pine cones were right......I wish we could be there to see something that not every generation gets to see. Now for the good news the weather folks are telling us there are more Atmospheric Rivers of Moisture headed for California & the West and their most likely to be a Super Duper Gigantic Super Wild Flower Bloom somewhere in the West for sure this year and coming real soon.....which way to we head out?
    Ain't Mother Nature the Awesome......
    Pants or no pants you both are two very lucky nature lovers
    More pictures please

  6. Skis..snowboards..snowshoes on the rear behind the bikes....Gonna need a trailer if this keeps up...
    Some new birdies showed up today in Chelan..they told me spring is just around the corner...

  7. We had driving rain as the storm passed over Organ Pipes Cactus NM and freezing temps up at Lost Dutchman park but thankfully no snow on the ground.

  8. Sure looks different with the snow. And the creek, wow. It’s rare to have that kind of snowfall so despite the discomfort I’m glad you got to document it. Chris

  9. You are definitely stylin' in those greasy coveralls ;-)

  10. Wowzers! I had heard about this... now I don't feel quite so bad about being up here in snowy CO! It looks beautiful though. It'll melt in no time! Have fun, you two!

  11. Someone said, the word cactus and snow just don't go together--great photos!

  12. If you do decide to with putting on pants hose to stay warm .be sure to take lots of pictures Please!!!!!! Steve. Florida beach guy

  13. Mark,

    Kristen and I are wrangling the examined life. I'm wondering...how much energy do you and Bobbie devote to the Bukowski quote under your banner photo?

    1. Words to live by!
      "We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us." C. Bukowski

  14. Yeah, I've read Bukowski; I know the quote.

    But, on a day-to-day basis, do you give any THOUGHT to manifesting or expanding? For instance, in learning Tantra or taking acid? Or considering WHY you do something or not? And maybe changing course, behaviors etc., based on the thinking?

    I'm asking partly because so many are nagged, if not necessarily influenced, by what they were taught. You've mentioned growing up under the influence of The Church. Do you feel like you've transcended it?

    1. Of course you are familiar with Bukowski, the German born American author/poet who championed the plight of the poor and downtrodden, as well as the drudgery of WORK. Too bad he's more famous in death than life...
      Meaningful quotes is about as deep as I get into any religion/philosophy...including Da Buddha and Tantra (I like steak!) And yes, youthful religious indoctrination is tantamount to brainwashing. It's something one carries around for life in the nooks and crannies of their brain. You can't deprogram that shit. And, there are more hypocrites in Church than in the general secular population. I mean, look what's going on/on going Catholic Church?


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