What Happened To My Desert

Thursday, 2/21/19, will stay in my memory book forever.. That is the day I woke up to six inches of snow right here in our campsite at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

When I went to bed Wednesday night, it was cold and raining, but nothing like what I hadn’t seen before. But that all changed during the night when at approximately just 1700 feet elevation, it snowed! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got up at 5:00 a.m. and looked out our bathroom window. I yelled at Bill to get up, and look outside, because there was snow everywhere. The next picture is of our steps leading out of our motor home.

Well, you have to know I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures like a wild woman. I was so excited, but confused as well.

The whole park was covered in show.

Here is what the road through the campground looked like as we were making our way to work at the Visitor Center.

Then we started noticing several of our beautiful Palo Verde trees that were down due to the weight of all the snow.

The two Palo Verde trees in front of our Visitor Center were toppled over from the snow, and even the trunks of those trees were split down the middle.

One for the trees at the Visitor Center was so badly damaged, it had to be cut completely down.

This was the scene looking out over the picnic area beside the Visitor Center.


And this is looking out the back window of the Visitor Center where the critter pond is.

This is the tree where all the humming birds come to get drinks from our humming-bird feeder. The branch holding the humming-bird feeder was laying over on the snow-covered ground.

To protect the trails within the park, all the trails were closed to mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Only hikers were allowed out on the trails. And people came all day long, from all around the valley, to see the snow at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Here is a picture on Friday (day two of snow in the park), of the McDowell Mountains taken from the front of the Visitor Center. By now the snow had started to melt somewhat, but it was still cold enough outside to keep it around until Sunday on the ground, and it is still covering the McDowell, and surrounding Mountains.

If you know me, or follow my blog, you know I am NOT a cold weather girl. NO, I do NOT tolerate cold weather well at all. I LOVE my dry, warm, desert and lots of sunshine. So while I was excited, and confused, to see all the snow here in our desert park, I found myself feeling kind of down, and anxious, by the second day of the gray skies and snow on the ground.

This beautiful little Cardinal stopped by to say hello, and that was a bright spot in one of my day’s.

Now I know lots, and lots, of folks love, love, love, cold weather and lots of snow… They go on and on about how beautiful it is and how much fun it is to play in… Yeah, well, I’m just NOT that girl… No, give me lots of sunshine, and dry warm days…

And keep the snow, way over there, in the high mountains, where, in my opinion, I think it belongs… 🙂

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 23:34:44

    Your little winter wonderful for few days. That is truly amazing and awesome to see with the cactus 🌵 and all. Won’t last long or maybe not happen again in a long long time. Little red bird didn’t know what to do.
    Keep warm and cozy. Love you guys! ❄️⛄️❄️☃️


    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 25, 2019 @ 12:27:51

      Yes, Aunt Ellen, it was a very strange couple of days here in our beautiful Arizona Valley of the sun! But it’s getting back to our normal temps for February, mid 70’s all this week. Yeah! Love and hugs to all of you.XoXo


  2. Robin
    Feb 26, 2019 @ 01:41:22

    What an amazing event. It reminds me of the very first time I came to Scottsdale back in the 80’s and saw the McDowells covered with snow and instantly fell in love. Who knows how often we’ll see something like this…but 70’s is sounding good too! Thanks for sharing! Love you!


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