Friday, February 17, 2023

A Chilly, Wet Start to the Week, Then...

Corona de Tucson

February , 2023

Saturday's clouds lingered around Sunday with only a few pops of sunshine and highs in the mid 70s and some very gusty winds.  

That sure turned out to be a teaser.  Monday we woke up to rain, which turned into sleet with a few flurries in the mix.  It was wet, cold and windy all day.

There was a glimmer of hope the nasty weather was behind us as the sun showed itself late afternoon.  And sure enough, skies were sunny on Tuesday, but the winds were still quite gusty in the mid 30s mph.  

A lot of days we wake up with no plans or agenda for the day.  During coffee we decided to head to the grocery store.  The neighbors were out and about so we stopped for a short visit.

When leaving Fry's, we learned of a crash on I 10 west just one exit away.  The interstate was closed in both directions due to a hazardous chemical spill and a shelter-in-place order was given by DPS for a 1 mile radius.  We did not need to get on the interstate to go home, but crossing the bridge over the interstate on Houghton Rd was slow with bumper to bumper traffic.  Businesses, homes and vehicles were told to turn off heaters/AC systems that bring in outside air.  Due to the winds, by the time we got home, the shelter-in-place order had been expanded and included Corona de Tucson which is a good 10 miles from I 10 and that people needing I 10  on Wednesday morning in the area would need an alternate route.   Having experienced this small bit of a hazardous spill is nothing compared to what the residents in East Palestine, Ohio are going through after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in their hometown.  Their lives have been changed forever.  

When we went to bed Tuesday night,  the forecast was calling for snow, but no accumulation.  So when I got up to let the pups out  imagine the look on my face when I opened the door.

5:45 am on Wednesday February 15

And I hurried to the front door just to make sure.  

The pups were just as shocked as I was and we quickly found ourselves snuggled up back in bed.  When we got up about an hour later,  Joe and I decided to take a drive because snow in the desert isn't an everyday event and snow on cacti is a beautiful thing and if we hurried, we might just see the sun come up.  

Back at the oasis, the feeders were filled, the birds were busy and Sally was curious. 

Dover and Jack were not so curious...they went out and made a beeline back to the door.

And I snapped a few photos.

On a family note, we are so proud of Jill and Bill.  In February 2022, they accepted a 52 hikes in 52 weeks challenge.  On February 5, 2023 they did it!  Hike #52 at Big Lost Cove Cliffs in North Carolina.  

They have been lots of places and had lots of adventures.  We are happy to have had them here last summer for a couple of those hikes !  

Until next time, heading home...

and making tracks !

Happy Trails !


  1. WOW! So much snow, did the bird bath freeze? Your doves look pretty disappointed :)
    Congrats to Jill and Bill for their 52 Hike Challengesuccess.
    Beautiful photos of your snow covered desert.

    1. Good morning Jeff and Fran and thank you. It was a WOW! The water in the birdbath did freeze and then it snowed. Those Dove are so funny, but not so smart!

  2. Do er and Jack's pictures were hilarious! Poor things looked like they did not know what was going on! The accident sounded pretty scary.

    Congratulations to Jill and Bill on their accomplishment, I had never heard of that before.

    Beautiful snow pictures! I bet you were surprised to wake up and see that!

  3. Opps! Look like I hit the space bar instead of the V when writing Dover's name.

    1. Good morning Jim and Barb…and thank you. We much prefer a warmer and sunnier desert, but when it does snow, it is beautiful and adds a little excitement to the day. Sally and I found ourselves window gazing all morning!

      The kiddos next challenge has to do with waterfalls I think.

  4. Wow, you had way more snow than Mike did! The desert is lovely with a fresh coating of snow. Kudos to Jill and Bill. My niece here in Arkansas did one hike every month in 2022. Glad the accident on I-10 didn’t affect you guys too much! Janna

    1. Good morning Janna and Mike…that was more snow than we have seen in quite a few years. I was happy for the desert and hope it is full of wildflowers and the cacti are covered in colorful blooms.

  5. You certainly did get the snow. Our light snow was plenty to give us some fun but quickly disappeared when they sun came out. We have another chance this week. I'm pretty much finished with this cooler winter and wind. I loved our beautiful weather for Presidents Weekend. The high 60's are good for everything outside. Your snow desert photos are wonderful! Sally needs her fur coat back!

    1. It has for sure been a wet and rather chilly winter. Fingers crossed for a beautiful spring in the desert. We have sustained winds at 25-30 mph with gusts to 55 mph today…😩…with rain off and on till mid afternoon…at least it’s not freezing!