Today was quite a wonderful day in several ways. First, I was going to Tucson to visit my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. Second, the sky was perfectly clear revealing a wonderful blue sky. Third, I found the Santa Catalina Mountains still had specks of snow visible on top of the peaks. But, fourth, the snow was melting and the streams falling from above down the mountain were different in color, which made me look closer. Of course, the snow melt created water flow, and that is why the recesses between gorges were so shiny!! It doesn’t take much to excite a 63 year old.
I pulled over and took a photo of the mountain range and will now share it with you. You probably know that snow is rather rare in the desert, but at 9000 feet, the mountains can catch it when we get an unusual air flow from the jet stream that bends way south and creates mucho chilly temperatures. I won’t go into the temps because mid-westerners will laugh at what I consider cold. However, it is unusual to get down into the teens in southern Arizona. Flagstaff to the north got down to 6 degrees at one point. But that is to the north.
Here is a view of the last remnants of snow at the peaks that are melting and running down the mountain.
Of course, the best part was visiting my granddaughter and seeing how big she is getting. And of course, grandpa loves the running hug he gets from her every time she sees him.