The evening before the day we visited Canyon de Chelly and saw a small amount of accumulated snow, we experienced a brief squall at Monument Valley. Earlier the same day I’d asked a Navajo guide – who’d taken me back into the areas of Monument Valley that many people don’t see – how often it snowed there. His reply was “once a year, on average”. And that it rarely “stuck”. Well, on this particular evening it didn’t stick either. But it sure as hell was cold enough to stick. I was really disappointed the next morning because there was no white coating on the Mittens or Merrick’s Butte. That has to be a rare sight. But we did get this squall. The photograph’s a little grainy (it was shot at ISO 1600), but it reminds me of old images I’ve seen from here.
I wonder if John Wayne ever saw it snow here? He was here often enough. The guide told me that one of the Chevy Chase “Vacation” movies was filmed here (well, one scene was, anyway). Actually, a lot of films – and TV commercials – were shot here. Hollywood in the desert.
We’re in Memphis right now. I wonder if Arizona has warmed up yet?