Monday, February 8, 2021

More Days Pass - And Snow!

January 22 - February 7, 2021
Tombstone, Arizona

I'm not sure how time continues to move along so quickly even when we're not doing much to keep busy!

Our big excitement is the two days of snow - real snow that lasts on the ground :-)

I'm in town when the drizzle starts getting serious.

Heavy snowfall covers the roads quickly, and by the time I get to the house the world looks completely different!

For a few hours the snow comes down sideways.

For many in the country the white stuff is not something to get excited about, but for us this is great fun! The very few times I've been in falling snow (I can count them on one hand), I'm always in awe at the quiet it wraps around me. 

Tessa loves it too, but her zoomies are so fast I can't catch a single pic. Within minutes her tracks are covered.

The next morning brings the sun and we're treated to a bright white wonderland. It doesn't last much past noon, but it's beautiful!

Wish he was here to play in our snow, but Ezra is enjoying his own back in California!

Before it completely disappears I take a drive to capture the snow through Gleeson, take a peek at the Chiracahuas, and enjoy the Mules across the dusted plains. What a treat!!

"We're always this color!"

So crisp and clean!

Although we're unclear on when we'll be able to get our vaccines (hoping for the next phase so at least Bill can get his), I spend a couple days finalizing reservations through July 17. I'm especially excited about the notification from Harris Beach State Park in Oregon that I secured the week in May I was on the waiting list for! A few days near my cousin recently "found", and the July 4th weekend are also confirmed. 

It's sounding less and less likely that we'll be able to get into Canada the end of July so I finalize an alternate route that gets us to Deer Lodge, Montana, on the same dates. With a week's reservation at Henry's Lake near Yellowstone in August it's important to keep to a plan that keeps us en route for that. This includes a few days in Polson, Montana, to explore Flathead Lake. Glad I checked availability as I get the last site in the area (for weekdays, water and 30 amp!). This is not a summer for "winging it" I'm afraid.

Of course now I'm even more anxious to get back on the road!!

Bill and I spend a few hours gathering rocks for our dry riverbed, enjoying the wide open spaces we have available to us. He and Donnie play Cribbage at least once a day, usually again in the evening. Grocery pickup and take-out trips to Sierra Vista, and an occasional drive to Bisbee for something "different" round out our current days.

When dining rooms are closed........

I always think that old San Francisco must have resembled present day Bisbee.

A happy surprise is finding Steven and Debbie (Down the Road) in our little corner of Arizona! They make the drive over from the refuge for an afternoon visit before they continue north. It's amazing how many of the same people we all know - all friends we've made since we hit the road! Great to get caught up until the next time :-)

We stay home for the Super Bowl this year. Just as well, it's disappointing with a lackluster half-time and so-so commercials (haven't they become just as much a reason to watch?). Our good friends include us in the annual pool and I win two of the quarters so that's a silver lining! Just five months until Bill's Cowboys and my Steelers play the Hall of Fame game........

Growing so fast, Elliott rocks a new 'do!