Thursday, December 10, 2009

And Then It Snowed

Yes, in-deedy-do...we got snow. I know both The Weather Channel and the US Weather Service put out statements that Flagstaff received 24 inches of snow in this storm, but here at Oleo Acres (one of the West's cheaper spreads), we got 30 inches of snow. And it came in sideways.
Now, I have to say that because we live closer to the Mogollon Rim (pronounced Mug-gee-yone) we usually do receive more snow than the other areas around Flagstaff. This can be a good thing in spring and summer when you really need some moisture for your garden and trees, but it tends to bite one in the bee-hind come winter. After living in this area for over 20 years I have come to the conclusion that "it ain't for wimps", as one old-timer put it.
Arizona is beautiful in very many ways, but can also turn very deadly on you if you don't prepare yourself. This storm came at the height of elk hunting season. It didn't even dawn on us until after the storm moved on and the first reports started coming in to the Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue...hunters got caught stuck, out in the forest and cut off from any hope of getting out the way they got in. One poor hunter from the Phoenix area, up with a buddy hunting, was killed when a Ponderosa pine snapped in half and fell on their tent, killing him instantly. It missed the other guy completely. Other hunters who could make phone calls on their cells were escorted out of the forest by Search and Rescue or by helicopter.
That said, and the wondering of why they were out in the woods when they knew a storm was coming (Darwinian to my mind), the aftermath is very beautiful. Here's a few pictures from around the place, but I have to say I cheated. I took the photos from the windows, warm inside the house while doing so. It was -10 F when I took the photos.

Over the barn roof to the road beyond.

Looking toward the barn from the sunroom.

The bridge in the pasture going over the stream. This stream is a very rare thing in Arizona. We're very lucky to have it as the grasses along it are green for three seasons.

The beginnings of the dreaded "Killer Icicles". Thoughts of the movie, "A Christmas Story" come to mind when I see these.

I will try to get some photos of the sheep to post in the next few days. It was too cold to even want to try to hold the camera today. Plus, the sheep would not leave the barn. Walk in that snow?? Who? Us? Nope. Not us. Go find some other sheep to get out in this snow.

...oh...and while you're at it, we'd appreciate your placing our feed trays in here. We'll leave the empty trays outside the door for you to carry away.
Just what I needed...sheep demanding Room Service and special delivery. Who do they think I am anyway...Pizza Hut?

Note: This morning, 11 Dec., you may have seen on Good Morning America, Gerry Blair from our Sheriff's Dept. stating that almost 50 hunters and hikers have been rescued from the forests in our area. Both my DH, who works with Gerry, and I both thought the same thing - how many have they NOT found...yet?


Theresa said...

Oh my, that is quite a lot of snow! I love the horizontal effect of wind, but not when I have to go out in feed in it. Goats are the same way.
Seems that Mother Nature might have evened things up in the hunting department. It might be the combination of beer and gunpowder, at least I'm not sure many of the hunters around here have enough brains to remember their phones. Too busy throwing beer cans on the side of the road and trying to shoot something from the back of the pick-up!

Sharrie said...

Wow! You get more than WI. We have the drifts and cold now, too.

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Michelle said...

I like your Darwinian comment. :-)

Mim said...

Yikes is right we only have 1 1/2 feet. More tonight so it could hit you in a few days!

Sharon said...

I agree with both Michelle and Theresa. I wonder how many hunters go out *without* beer.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Holy Cow do you ever have a lot of white stuff down there!! None up here yet thank goodness but it is cold. We are all well and feeling very blessed...
Loved your story about Bran. Birds are amazing creatures. I have a fantastic email I would like to send to you featuring some loving and very clever birds...write to me at kjacks2 AT charter DOT net
Sending lots of love to all at Sheep Thrills Farm with blessings and peace for the new year from the cozy cottage

Tammy said...

Good Grief Kathy,
So it starts. How do you even get to the barn? When we get 18" here (which happens very rarely) I can't even hardly walk in the stuff. It's been bitter cold here, but no snow accumulation...just some rain and blowing snow. It's suppose to warm up tomorrow quite a bit. Today isn't too bad temperature wise (highs upper 30s) but it's drizzling and so damp that it hurts the bones. Blech.

Jenny Holden said...

Wow! That's some snow! We're all hoping to wake to that on Christmas Day... oh look, a pig just flew by the window!

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Leigh said...

Oh my, oh my. We've got our first "wintery mix" forecasted for tomorrow. I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to it. :)