All of us desert dwellers here in Tucson got a treat yesterday: snow!
Now those who know me also know that I’ve had my share of snow in my life. After decades in the upper midwest, I’ve earned my girl scout patch in winter survival, so to speak.
We moved to Arizona last spring, and to be honest I never thought I’d see this.
Big, heavy, wet clumps of flakes fell from the sky–the type that fairytales are made of.
Most of them melted at first, and then, to my joy, they began to accumulate! So I had to take Ms. BrooklynHound out for a romp. She’s no stranger to snow, either, but she did seem to enjoy the novelty of snow in the desert.
Just 24 hours earlier, this had been green grass!
The snow continued from morning into midday. And although I’ve seen a lot of snow in my lifetime–too much for my tastes, really–this felt like something special.
And it was. I’ve heard varying reports that say the last time it snowed in Tucson was 2006 or 2003. At any rate, it’s been a good, long time since the Old Pueblo has had snow in the valley.
As the snow continued, the flowers and cacti made for an interesting canvas.
I had client meetings in the morning, but had one fall through–which enabled me just enough time to make a snowman! Check this little guy out.
There aren’t any sticks in my corner of the desert, so I improvised and used some french fries. And, you guessed it, no coal either. Lentils did the job. I think the results were sufficient. Sadly, they didn’t last long, with temps just above freezing.
Just like Frosty the Snowman, this little guy melted away too soon.
Maybe it’ll be another decade before we get another snow in the valley here in Tucson, and that’s okay by me. The forecast is looking pretty nice, indeed.
But the novelty of a snow day here in Tucson, Arizona sure was fun!
Charish Badzinski is an explorer and award-winning features, food and travel writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, Rollerbag Goddess Global Communications, providing powerful storytelling to her clients.
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