Here in Northern Arizona we generally have a bit of windy weather and a little rainy or snowy weather and then it warms up and is time to plant the garden. Not this year! I did manage to plant some peas, carrots and beets a few weeks ago but since then the weather has been conspiring against me. I had purchased some plant protection during the winter so I decided to go ahead and purchase some tomatoes to plant about a week and a half ago. I am glad I protected them since the weather turned cold again a few days later.
Last week the weather was warm at the beginning of the week. Then the wind came through and cooled things off. It sounds like we will get a repeat of that this week. We have high wind warnings in place for tomorrow. The I-40 corridor is especially susceptible to blowing dust and winds too high for high-profile vehicles. If you had planned to visit the National Parks in the area you may want to change your plans if possible; especially if you are driving an RV.
The highlight of my stormy/windy week last week was that it got much better by the weekend. In fact, it was so much better that I was able to take a tour from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West. I actually walked on the Skywalk! It was freaky but I was able to walk on it (as long as I didn’t look down!) My husband, one of our daughters, and I had a very enjoyable day experiencing Grand Canyon West. I highly recommend it to anyone who is headed that way.
I awoke to some crazy white stuff falling from the sky! It was heavy, wet snow – the kind that makes excellent snowmen and snowballs. Too bad I don’t have any Grandkids staying with me. They could have had a lot of fun. Then the fog moved in and settled until early afternoon. I haven’t had to drive in fog for awhile and half-block or less visibility isn’t fun to drive in.
I’d be thinking “White Christmas” this year except it is already almost melted. Snow just doesn’t usually stay around very long in Page, Arizona.
Tune in later for more.
Page, Arizona is somewhat unique in its school district boundaries. Many of the students come from the Navajo Indian Reservation and a lot of the reservation (res) is at a much higher elevation than Page. It rained overnight in Page but on the res it was much colder. Rain turned to snow and covered the roads with a sheet of ice that made driving school buses unthinkable. So, the official word this morning was “No School.” People from other areas would look at the bare ground in Page and laugh to think that we had called a “snow day.” But the residents of Page understand their surrounding communities and know that today was indeed a worthy day for schools to close.
In Flagstaff, the snow is deep and drifted as the result of a blizzard so their “Snow Day” is very understandable. Even NAU, which doesn’t usually take a snow day, called it today. In fact, I-40 is closed for many miles due to blowing and drifting snow and even I-17 is closed south of Flagstaff for several miles. Sorry folks, no access to the Grand Canyon today. Don’t assume that since the sun is shining in Phoenix it will be warm and pleasant at the Grand Canyon. Quite the contrary!
Stay tuned for more about the canyons of Northern Arizona.
On this stormy day in Northern Arizona, I have decided that it is high time that I begin talking about the things that are near and dear. I really do love where I live! I live in the town of Page, Arizona where I am able to view the constantly changing panorama of red rocks near blue water. In my big back yard, I have several National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks and National Recreation Areas. Lake Powell and Glen Canyon are very close and even the Grand Canyon (both North and South Rims) are close enough for frequent visits. I will be writing about these areas in my future posts so stay tuned for more.