Snow in Southern Arizona? Yes!

Posted by on February 24, 2019

We thought it was supposed to be warm in Arizona…not so much the last few days.   Lows in the 20s, highs in the 40s and SNOW!  We woke up Tuesday morning to a winter wonderland…we knew that snow had been predicted but I didn’t think it would actually happen.

There was a couple of inches covering the picnic table but once the sun came out it started melting and by mid-afternoon it was all gone!  Whew.

However, being the slackers that we are…we didn’t prepare for the cold temps and left the hose out in the elements and ended up with a frozen hose…meaning no water.  Normally, we would have brought the hose in and just used the water in the tank but because Michael has been remodeling the basement it was disconnected.  Ugh!

We were able to see another movie this week (soon enough that won’t be able to happen as easily once rally season hits).  This week we saw, ‘Alita:  Battle Angel’.  This was Michael’s pick as I wasn’t real interested in seeing it.  I’m glad we went!  It turned out to be really good and had me interested the entire time.  Another one we’d recommend seeing.

Checking out one of the drones

Thursday we took the afternoon to check out Ft. Huachuca.  There are several museums on post and we stopped at two of them…both very small and kinda blah.  The third is the Military Intelligence museum which we’ll have to check out next time we’re here…let’s hope it’s better than the other two!

The one museum was all about drones – which was kind of interesting so we took a little more time there.  The other was in honor of the Buffalo soldiers but really could have been done a lot better…definitely not enough information provided.

Carleton House – the oldest existing building on post, built in 1880.

Since the museums didn’t take us very long at all we decided to do the ‘Old Post Walking Tour’…however, since it was so cold we made it a driving tour.  The post puts together a nice map with descriptions of all of the stops – most of which were originally housing – some still are and were all built over 100 years ago.

Despite their age most of the buildings are still in beautiful shape…the buildings that were originally barracks and are now admin buildings are definitely showing their age.

Wife of an Indian Scout

We also stopped that the post cemetery which has graves dating back to the mid-1800s.  There are several graves of Indian Scouts and at least one of the wife of an Indian scout.  We both just find it so interesting to roam through these grave sites and read the dates and the information provided on them…so much history!

‘Chicken’ turkeys…however, I for one was glad they were chickens!

It was pretty darn chilly roaming around the cemetery but we pressed on.  There was a flock of about 24 turkeys roaming through the cemetery…thankfully they did not chase me down!  These ones were actually pretty ‘chicken’ and ran the opposite direction anytime we got remotely near them.  There were also 4 deer feeding in the cemetery (very small cemetery) who jumped the fence as soon as I got near.  Cool place.

TARS Blimp

We ended the outing by hunting down the ‘blimp’.  When we first arrived there was a blimp in the sky and we’ve since learning that it’s a Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) and has been here since 1986 (Zack years old!)  It sends information to NORAD and to border patrol.  Michael was fascinated and we hadn’t seen it in the air lately so we hunted it down!  We couldn’t get real close but we got close enough to satisfy his curiosity.

Taken after the snow started melting…the second snowfall

We received another snowfall on Friday.  It started about 8:00 am and snowed all day…not letting up until late afternoon.  It never got over 40 degrees so this time it stayed around a while.  I think we got a total of about 4 or 5 inches and by Sunday it was mostly gone but still remnants here and there.

We had planned to do some site-seeing in the Bisbee/Hereford area on Saturday but after all the snow and cold we decided to just hang out at home and relax.  We really like it here so I’m pretty sure we’ll be back here next year too…so we’ll just leave the few things left on our ‘To do’ list until then.

Partially framed wall

It was just as well that we stayed home…it gave Michael some more time to work in the front basement.  I think he’s got everything just so and now just needs to ‘build a wall’.  Ha!  Last I checked it had started framing it in so it shouldn’t be too long before he’s finished with THAT basement.  He’s got three others to go!  :-/

We leave Monday morning and head north to Casa Grande for 2.5 weeks, which is about mid-way between Phoenix and Tucson.  We’ve got tickets for 3 Brewers Spring Training games…had tried to find a place to stay a bit closer but had a hard time with the length of this new coach.  But that’s ok…it’s not too bad of a drive.



2 Responses to Snow in Southern Arizona? Yes!

  1. Judy Winkle

    We were in Casa Grande at Fiesta Grande for 2 winters- loved it.

    • Kelly

      Hi Judy!

      Never been here…looking forward to some spring training games and a little exploring!

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