Winter’s on its way

Weather is definitely on our radar as we were chased out of northern California by high winds and threats of snow. In fact, we had to delay our return to the Valley of the Sun and hunker down in Carson City, Nev. for two nights as wind gusts reached nearly 80 mph. Need I say that it is more than a little dangerous to pull a trailer in that kind of wind.

After picking up a few groceries and takeout pizza, we experienced our trip’s first snowfall last night as we drove back to our RV park.

It was slow going today as we ducked in and out of snow flurries while coming down the east side of the Sierra Nevada range. It was beautiful and based on our view, Mammoth’s ski season will open soon and has real promise.

I took the photo of Mono Lake from an elevation of about 7,500 ft. It’s not as clear as I’d like as the wind – and my shivering – resulted in a shaky shot. But I like the colors of the desert set against the saline soda lake and the snowy peaks.

As I write this, we are in the shadow of Mt. Whitney in Lone Pine, Calif. It will be fairly cold tonight – about 25 degrees – but if the weather holds, we’ll be back in Phoenix by the first of the week.

Scott just read to me the Weather Channel’s special statement for the greater Phoenix area this weekend: A vigorous cold front will sweep across the lower Arizona deserts this afternoon and evening bringing unseasonably cool temperatures, with highs around 60 degrees.

I almost hate to admit how good that sounds.


  1. Colleen
    Nov 10, 2012

    Looking forward to your return!

  2. Tammy
    Nov 11, 2012

    Lovely here this weekend and you do need a sweat shirt!

  3. Danielle
    Nov 13, 2012

    Janie!!! I just saw Loren and he told me you were blogging about your trip. I had no idea! I am reading through all your posts and catching up. So far, all I can say is WOW! So happy for you and Scott!

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