During our first year in Arizona, the local Rangers of the Tonto National Forest told us about a few spots were we could do some back country camping between Globe, AZ and Superior. We didn’t really want to go any further south than Superior because of possible run ins with the drug trafficking along our southern border. Camping near the border is downright dangerous, and I have heard you need a ranger to escort you into certain areas. This one fear was always in the back of my mind while we were exploring the back country.
Anyway, we got a huge surprise that first winter camping trip in the semi-arid desert wilderness near Oak Flat. We were caught off guard by a wicked snowstorm that dropped a heavy blanket of snow in a somewhat isolated desert canyon we had found. We were relatively new to Arizona and had no idea that it snowed there. I mean when you think of Arizona, snow is the last thing that comes to mind. Honestly, before we came here, when I thought about this beautiful state, I pictured a land of hot desert sands populated with tall magnificent cactus spires ..... and rattlesnakes.
The good thing is that the snow completely melted after a couple of days so we were in no danger of becoming snowbound like up in the White mountains. Still, I was in absolute awe of the transformation of the dry desert canyon into a beautiful winter wonderland. As soon as it stopped snowing, I decided to go on a short hike to take a few pictures, which I will be posting in the next couple of blog entries.
The following video shows just how heavy the snow fell that first afternoon. It kept Don busy shaking the tent to prevent a build up on snow that could collapse our tent very easily. When the snow began to melt, a little dry crick near our camp filled up with snow melt. It was quite relaxing just listening to the tinkling of running water.........