Greetings from the southwest!
It’s hard to describe the enormity of the canyons and deserts we’ve seen here, not to mention the amazing variety. It is even more impossible to take pictures that do justice to the grandeur. So, do believe professional photographers’ beautiful picture books for half the story, and just know that the full spirit can never be captured.
The weather gods have been having a blast. We are never sure what to expect! Having left Cameron, Arizona, wearing t-shirts and sweaters, we were lucky to take our coats with us to the Grand Canyon “just in case”.
About 10 miles from the Grand Canyon, the temperature dropped to freezing and the wind was blowing snow sideways. We actually turned around at the gate to leave because the Park Ranger told us they “were not expecting this storm”. Within about one-half mile back down the road, the snow stopped and the sun came out! So we turned back toward the park and took our chances. In this one day, there were a lot more snow flurries, hail, rain, and even a few brief blue gaps in the heavy cloud cover. Sheets of rain and snow were dropping into the canyons. The wind was so cold, so strong and gusting, that we were careful not to be blown over the edge. Although all this weather made painting impossible, it did make for fun and challenging photography.
We are determined to enjoy everything that presents itself on our adventure, and we hope to someday return to explore the spectacular Grand Canyon trails again!