Attitude and Altitude in Arizona!

Early-Blooming Apricot

Early-Blooming Apricot

Before we moved to Arizona, I knew that weather will change depending on one’s altitude, but coming from the Midwest, I didn’t realize exactly how much it changed. Yesterday, on Jeff’s day off, we drove over to Flagstaff (7000+ feet in altitude) from Holbrook (about 5000) to pick up our tax papers from the accountant there.

In our yard, despite some rain falling, spring peeked out from garden beds and barrels. Not only flowers but garden herbs had begun to emerge.

New Parsley

New Parsley     

Daffodils

Daffodils

 

 

But in Flagstaff, something else was going on. Rain began falling at 3 am and while we were seated in the accountant’s office, we noticed a ‘thickening’ as snow began to fall.

Jeff wanted to visit our neighbors, whose new baby son was hospitalized in Flagstaff with a slowly-improving cold, and another friend, who has been in a care facility there to receive therapy for a stroke. A few hours passed in these endeavors, and then we headed home. Conditions just 90 miles from our home in Holbrook looked like major winter, not spring!

With the base of freezing rain beneath the snow, roads grew more and more slick. Even NAU closed by noon. We passed a pickup in the ditch just outside of Flagstaff. <gulp>

Jeff kept saying, “Just wait til we get down off the mountain. It’ll be fine by Winslow.” Thanks to his driving skills, learned years ago in Northern Michigan, it was, too. And when we got home, sure enough, it was still spring.

Right after we moved to Holbrook three years back, a neighbor said, “We have the nicest climate in Arizona here–four seasons, but none of them too severe.” I think he had a point–we’re blessed to be here, that’s for sure.

Just before Winslow

Just before Winslow

 

Snowy Trees near Walnut Canyon

Snowy Trees near Walnut Canyon

Near Home Depot

Near Home Depot   

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One response to this post.

  1. Somehow my pictures ‘travelled’ in the publishing process–sorry that the chronology is off at the end!

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