March 2014 - Chiricahuas
Loren and I go off to backpack in the Chiricahua Mountains.
Time for a backpacking outing to the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.
A feature of most southern Arizona mountain hikes is that you start by going up. Here's the beginning of our up.
This area saw the fifth-largest wildfire in Arizona history in 2011 (Horseshoe 2 Fire). You can see some burned trees behind Loren.
Several effects of wildfire in one photo: burned trees, fallen trees, increased erosion.
The start of the snow that would eventually drive us off the top. But, we're getting ahead of the story.
Our shelter while we wait to see if the thunder/snow combination would pass.
Snowy shelf fungus.
Pascal enjoying the snow.
We opted to head back down rather than brave the uncertain weather that night.
Get me out of here!
Loren leads the way down. Winds picked up to 30 or 40 mph later that night. We probably would have seen worse than that up at the top...right choice to descend.
Meanwhile, the weather looks perfect at lower elevations.
The snow was very ball-like and clumped together very well. Definitely not hail, though.
Back in nice weather, but you can see the clouds enclosing the mountaintops behind us. And of course a rainbow.
Great clouds and rain!
A study in contrast.
Loren and Pascal at sunset. Massai Point in Chiricahua National Monument.
Weather the next morning: quite clear, extremely windy.
January 2014 - Sycamore Canyon
April 2014 - After the Rain