Saturday was a beautiful sunny day – the high in Phoenix was going to be in the 60s, but we wanted to see snow . . . so we drove north!
As we travelled up I-17, climbing in elevation, we began to see snow on top of the mountain, and then alongside the road, too.
One of our goals for our trip to Flagstaff was to take some “snow pictures” for our Christmas card, so after lunch at Five Guys, we headed up the mountain to the Snow Bowl Ski Resort.
There were quite a few people there for early season skiing, and all the runs were open.
We scoped out places for pictures,
and enjoyed the scenery from the top of the mountain, before heading back down to Flagstaff.
On the way back, we stopped at a small park that was a popular spot for sledding and building snowmen.
The boys thought it looked like a good place for a snowball fight!
Even Tom got into the action!
Back in Flagstaff, we looked around for a church to go to mass at. Our Lady of Guadalupe looked cute, but is only used for weddings now.
We found one with a 4:30 mass, so we had a couple hours to look around tow. We stopped at the Visitor Center to find out the route for the Winterfest Light Parade that evening, and then walked through some of the downtown shops.
Apparently, Flagstaff has a “Pinecone Drop” on New Years Eve!
After mass, we found a spot to park on a side street, and made our way to the beginning of the parade route to wait , along with the rest of the crowd.
It was pretty cold with the sun down, and the wind was really whipping up! We tried to find a spot out of the wind, but it didn’t work!
Soon enough, the parade started . . .
Nicolas liked this rescue vehicle!
The lights had to get their power from somewhere!
we were nearly completely frozen, so we headed inside to get some dinner and thaw out! Bigfoot BBQ had been recommended to us, so we gave it a try. We all had pulled pork sandwiches, and followed them up with apple cobbler with ice cream . . . we had warmed up by then!
After dinner, it was time for our 2-hour drive back to Lake Pleasant . . . and warmer temperatures!! It was a fun day, and we had our fill of the snow and cold . . . we’ll take 70 & sunny for the rest of the winter!