Could That Be Snow?

Could that white on the mountain be snow? Taken on I-40 near Flagstaff, Arizona. June 14, 2011.

As we drove toward Flagstaff, Arizona, on the morning of June 14, I noticed some white on a mountain top ahead of us.  Could that possibly be snow?  Two days earlier we had been driving across Oklahoma and Texas and the temperature outside had been 102°.  That white must be some kind of fence or building.

I kept my eye on the mountain as we drove, and quite frankly I kept changing my mind.  “That is definitely snow!”  “That can’t be snow.”  My Beautiful Bride, the snow expert in the family, was busy on her laptop, so I didn’t say anything.

After another twenty miles or so, I finally told Betsy that I thought there was snow on top of the mountain ahead of us.  Of course, she thought I was out of my mind, but when she looked up, she, too, thought it was snow.  So, as any blogger would do, I pulled to the side of the road to get the picture above.  So what do you think, snow or no snow?

On Highway 89 east of Flagstaff. June 14, 2011.

When we got off the interstate and headed north, we got a little closer to the mountain.  That is definitely snow!

Looking back toward Flagstaff. June 14, 2011.

Betsy was definitely excited now.  When we were north of Flagstaff, we could look back at several peaks which still had a snow cover.  It was hard to believe we were looking at snow while driving across what the map said was desert.

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22 Responses to “Could That Be Snow?”

  1. Mildred Says:

    Very pretty! The sky was such a vivid blue that day!

  2. Colin (HB) Says:

    George – well photo 2 could be snow. Not too sure of the other two – especially #3, could be a reflection on the rock faces, but an interesting scenario – should result in many opinions of what is snow and what is not from a long range distance.

  3. diane Says:

    We saw snow from the desert too. Uncanny.

  4. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Snow for sure.I can just imagine the smile on Betsy’s face when she saw this in the middle of summer.

  5. Sandra Says:

    snow in the desert, unbelievable. from HOT HEAT to COLD SNOW all in one day.

  6. Karin Says:

    It does seem odd to find snow when one is driving through desert terrain – but that’s snow alright and I know you both enjoyed it – of course Betsy more than you, lol! Enjoy your day and all the memories of your fabulous trip!

  7. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Amazing what a change in altitude can make. Great photographs.

  8. happyone Says:

    It is amazing to be in such heat and see snow on the mountaintops.

  9. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Gorgeous captures, George! Such beautiful blue skies! It is indeed amazing to be able to see snow on the mountaintops — particularly in Arizona at this time of the year and even more particularly — this year! Thanks for another look at your wonderful trip! Hope you have a great weekend!


  10. Rose Says:

    Definitely snow…definitely had to feel strange to be in a desert and looking at snow.

  11. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    That’s really wild!!! I like the last picture best. I guess our little snow bunny will never live this down, ha ha!!

  12. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    I agree; SNOW!!!!!! Amazing, right??? I think it was there just for Betsy; our resident snow lover. 🙂

  13. ladyfi Says:

    Yes, that is snow! What I like most about these photos is the blue blue sky!

  14. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: That was so nicely captured. I remeber having a snowball fight on Mt. Rainer on July 4TH.

  15. jlshall (Joysweb) Says:

    Great shots! The snow is really pretty – even though I’m really not a snow lover. And snow in June is just wrong!

  16. The Incredible Woody Says:

    Definitely snow. That is a ski area called Arizona Snowbowl:)

  17. ewok1993 Says:

    I remember the scenic drive from Williams to Flagstaff. I wished I stayed in Flagstaff rather than Williams.

  18. Anna Says:

    George it is snow for sure. I had the same experience in Banf National Park in Canada. All you need is height, that is closer to the sky, and you will get snow. We visited glaciers once, at the entrance we were wearing shorts and it was hot, and then we drove about 10 minutes up, we were freezing. Thanks for sharing, these are beautiful images, reminded me my trip. Anna 🙂

  19. sartenada Says:

    Snow in summer, wow. The sky is so blue, so blue.

  20. Kim,USA Says:

    Wow that is beautiful! And yes we are all having heat wave and here it is a snow on top of that mountain, it’s wonderful!


  21. Kathy Says:

    That reminds me of when we were in Italy heading toward Cinque Terra. What we thought was snow was actually carrara marble!!!

    Your post fits right in with my snow photos!

  22. Loren Says:

    Definitely snow! Isn’t it just amazing to be in the heat yet look up and see that sight!!

    You are NOT crazy 🙂 I would say you were right on!!

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