New Year’s weekend in the Arizona Mountains

More snow, yes we did finally see a bunch of snow. The higher elevations of Arizona saw a major winter storm on Dec 30th. We in Phoenix had a hard freeze and a few snowflakes. Our plans for New Year’s weekend were to be with two couples of dear friends.

So we drove with our friends Don and Kathy to the mountains. We stopped in the town of Payson for a break. We had seen about 12 inches of snow and it was snowing. We were told if we didn’t have chains or 4 wheel drive to turn around. We called our friends Wayne and Darlyne. Wayne drove down in his 4 wheel drive vehicle and got the 4 of us.

Wayne and Darylne have a cabin in the town of Strawberry. The elevation there is about 6,000 feet so they had even more snow. And we got low temperatures that night of 0 degrees. But we had no trouble getting through.

The view from behind their cabin

View from Gillows cabin

We had a great time together. We are all in a small group together and we are beginning to know these two dear couples. Wayne and Darlyne had brought along their 7 year old grand daughter Chloee. She delighted us all and we played games, played in the snow and talked with each other and especially to Chloee.

Kathy and Don had to leave on Saturday.

Don & Kathy and Chloee

The rest of us stayed until after lunch on Sunday. We went to Wayne and Darlyne’s church and enjoyed that. Kent and Wayne did a little snow shoveling.

Wayne and Kent showveling snow

Chloee enjoyed an icicle

Chloee enjoying and icicle

A winter wonderland

Winter wonderland Jan 2011

We drove back through the snow at first and it gradually disappeared from the hills around us.

We got back to our house about 5pm. We are saying goodbye here.

Grandma and Chloee

Kent with Wayne, Darlyne and Chloee

It was a fun and beautiful weekend. We are grateful for friends here to do these kinds of things with. And we certainly also enjoyed the beauty of the snow.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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