In order to see the snow before the spring thaw, we drove for hours and hours to the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico where we encountered a fairly widespread accumulation on the mountain tops and here and there along the way. We encountered our first snowfall just outside of Abilene, Texas and then drove on to New Mexico where the weather was beautiful though a bit muddy. Oddly, we saw no actual snow falling but saw drifts up to six or eight feet high in the upper elevations.
On the way back to Dallas, the day before the official first day of spring, we encoutered bitter cold winds, blowing snow and freezy cold rain. Go figure.
We, my dear friends and I are going on to Dallas tomorrow from Wichita Falls though it is supposed to snow here tonight, to attend a Kindleboard gathering for the Dallas, Texas Area. I am looking forward to meeting some of the people I talk to on the Kindleboard forums there. I sincerely hope that the weather does not keep everyone away.
But spring has definitely sprung. I saw wrens building nests this week in the back yard, wild flowers blooming on the roadsides and the first hints of green in the willows along the roadways. The sky was beautiful today as we traveled through Palo Duro Canyon and we saw hikers, picnickers, bicyclers and joggers populating the roadside parks and campgrounds. Down on the coast today the weather was warm and the spring-breakers were down there enjoying the surf and the sand. It was incredible to see and hear about all these things and then only a few hours later find myself driving in blowing snow, but such is Texas weather.