Monday, December 14, 2015

A BRIGHT SNOWY MORNING IN YARNELL ARIZONA BUT AN ICY HILL TO GET THERE


LOOKING VERY CHRISTMASY IN YARNELL ARIZONA
“Hate to tell you but it’s snowing”.  Those were Kelly’s first words at 6:15 this morning as she stepped out onto our front porch for a look see after we had heard rain on the roof earlier.  Yes we are in Arizona & yes it does snow in certain parts of Arizona most every winter.  An email this morning from Canadian neighbors Don & Barb saying it was 85F & humid in Florida & Don was about ready to head home for some cooler Canadian temperatures & snow.
BRRRRRRRRRR IT WAS LOOKING MIGHTY COLD OUTSIDE THIS MORNING
As dawn broke I was kinda hoping to see some Christmasy snow but alas it all seemed to have fallen on the Jeep with nothing on the ground aside from a small barely visible skiff here & there.  But not to worry, I knew where there would be snow & I knew it was only a 10 minute drive from house.
WITH AN ICE COVERED ENGINE HOOD WE HEAD OFF FOR THE WEAVER MOUNTAINS 

HAD TO KEEP A SHARP EYE OUT FOR 'BLACK ICE' ON THE YARNELL HILL THIS MORNING



By 9 o’clock Pheebs & I were out the door heading for the nearby Weaver Mountains.  I could see a light dusting of snow high up on the mountain side & had my fingers crossed there would be more as we began our climb up the Yarnell Hill.  From having driven many a winter in the North I was alerted immediately to the shadowy sections of the highway knowing full well ‘black ice’ could be lurking there.  Slipped Libby into 4-wheel drive just in case & made it a point not to hurry.  One does not want to make a mistake on a curvy iced up mountain road.  And besides it was my first experience with a 4-wheel drive vehicle on a slippery surface.
PULLED OVER FOR A FEW PHOTOS

LOOKING BACK DOWN THE ROAD IN THE DIRECTION FROM WHENCE WE HAD COME
LOOKING OUT OVER THE SONORAN DESERT BELOW





Wasn’t long & I could see & hear road ice crunching under the tires.  Paid particular attention to the shadowed curves as we steadily approached the top rounding one tight curve after another.  Did pull over for one photo stop along the way & not long after we were at the top & into the picturesque little village of Yarnell.  And yes the ground was covered with an inch or so of snow.  Plows were busy scraping the road & salting.  WHAT!!!!  Awwww nuts I just didn’t think about salt on the road.  Road salt is the absolute scourge of any vehicle & I well know the rust damage it causes.  Drove in the stuff for years.  Oh well I was there to find some cheery Christmasy snow photos & not to worry about the ravages of salty roads. 



JUST ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE 'RANCH HOUSE' RESTAURANT

It was a mixture of cloud &sun I found myself in & with some of the houses & business buildings being painted in my favorite south-west colors I was able to find a few nice settings tucked away on the tiny snow laced sleepy streets.  I think I may very well have been the only one up & about in the whole town........Because I took so many photos in Yarnell today I am going to have to space them out over the next few posts.  Tonight's photos will concentrate on a few snowy homes in Yarnell.








HEY GAELYN THIS ONE'S FOR YOU:))




By the time we were ready to head back on down the Yarnell Hill the roads were bare pavement with the warm morning Sun having worked it’s magic.  Couple photo stops on the way down & we were soon once again on the floor of the Sonoran Desert.  We were at the point where the desert breeze meets the mountain air.  Our lovely Christmas scenery was behind us & were we to return back up to Yarnell in a couple hours we would probably have found all the nice Christmas snow already melted. 
THESE 2 BARKY DOGS WERE SURE EXCITED TO SEE THE PHEEBS






THEY SURE WERE SURE MAKING A BIG FUSS
First thing I did when we arrived home was to thoroughly hose down the Jeep including wheel wells
& undercarriage.  From there it was into the house with doors closed & heaters going.  No idea what the temperature was today but with the wind chill factor it was definitely an inside day.  At the time of posting tonight our skies are clearing so fingers are again crossed for a sunny & warmer Tuesday.


WHAT A COUPLE A CUTIE PIES


GROANER’S CORNER:((  One Christmas, Joe and Peter built a skating rink in the middle of a field. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn't cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side.  'Look at that, 'remarked Peter to Joe, 'That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!'

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Q. What do you get if you cross Santa with a detective ?
A. Santa Clues!

Q: Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
A: Because it " soots " him!

Q. What happened when Joe ate the Christmas decorations?
A. He came down with tinsel-itis.

16 comments:

  1. Your winter wonderland photos are beautiful:) Sure makes it seem more like the Christmas season.

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  2. Sorry Al we only had rain with 59 F temps. That'll all change starting tomorrow.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  3. Your photos are beautiful with the snow and definitely very Christmas, just glad I only have to look at them and not actually have to deal with the snow or the cold. Hope the cold doesn't hang around for long.

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  4. Wonderful winter wonderland photos!

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  5. Nice to be able to hop up the hill and find a Winter wonder land. We are stuck in one until Jan 18 and then we can enjoy humidity and hopefully warm weather in Florida.

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  6. Oh, Al...your "barky dog" comment and photos just brought back some great memories. Our Jenny used to look at other dogs on our walks, similar to what Pheebs is doing in your photos. The other pooches would carry on to beat the band, but Jen would just look at them. I would tell her as we walked past, "That's a barky dog, Jenny girl". That made my day, Al... :)

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  7. Beautiful photos..but be careful.It's been our experience 4 wheel drive makes no difference on ice!

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  8. The white topping sure makes it look very scenice and nice that its only a short climbe up that step Yarnell hill. Should be warming up a bit more again.
    Oh yeah gotta get that salt off.

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  9. Oh, I'm lovin' the photos of the houses in Yarnell covered in snow. Our local mountains got snow, too, but that was up in the higher elevations (above 4500 feet). Very pretty!
    ~Cheryl Ann~

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  10. Though it does make for nice photo shots, I can hardly believe that you made it up the mountains to see SNOW! It's 42F here and it's gonna "warm up to about 46F during the day. Now that's what I call a nice winter. (so far)

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  11. Love the bright coloured houses in the snow and the fabulous shot "acoss from the restaurant".

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  12. Don't you wonder in doggy language what the dogs were saying?

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  13. Getting caught up after a few days of visiting with friends and finding out I'm actually glad I've never ventured beyond Blogger for my posts :-) Sure glad you and others are hanging in there, and hope LW gets fixed soon. Going from the autumn at your neighbor's to winter in Yarnell the very next day was really great - pics of both are equally beautiful. Love the bright colored houses against the fresh, shiny snow. We're letting our temps warm up here this morning before heading down the road to Ajo for a few days. Crazy cold all over AZ this year.

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  14. Always great to see the snow. I guess I could drive up, but I am in Mesa and it would probably be a couple of hour day for me. Loved seeing the dogs. They look like Australian Shepherds. I love that breed and have one of my own. It would be fun to see Jagger in that setting. Stay safe on that black ice. Scary stuff on mountain roads especially.

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  15. I can't thank you enough for braving the elements and all these Yarnell photos. Makes me home sick for the place. Berta didn't tell me she painted the house. The lot looks empty with me not on it.

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  16. Love to look at snow, hate to be around it. Really like the pictures of Yarnell, such a neat little town.

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