Saturday, January 03, 2009

Top of the Hill

Julie's daughter and son-in-law, Abby and Shawn, came for a visit between Christmas and New Years. As as become customary for first-time visitors, Shawn in this case, I drove them to the top of South Sheba cinder hill for views of the desert to the east and the cinder hills and mountain to the west.

Looking south of west.
Looking south of west. Our property is circled in red. (Larger version)

Regardless of the number of times I've go to the top of the hill I'm always thrilled by the views, the terrain and wonder at the fiery origin of the hills and mountain.

Looking west.
Looking west. Flagstaff has almost two feet of snow and is at the left end of the long snow covered hill. (Larger version)

The clear south slopes and snowy north slopes illustrate the power of the sun to heat in winter. Our annual migration is from the south side of the house in winter and the north in summer.

Looking north of west.
Looking north of west. Abby and Shawn, Julie's daughter and son-in-law. (Larger version)

On the last full day of their visit Abby walked to the top of the hill behind our house. She asked how long it would take and I told her about 45 minutes. She replied that she would do it in 30 minutes -- and she did!


Blogger ORANGEHOUSE said...

Ah, Flagstaff. Sixteen years ago this month I totalled my rent car just south of Flagstaff. We were on our honeymoon and got caught it a heavy snow (6 inches that night) while driving from the Grand Canyon to Sedona. No one was hurt, thankfully. Boys that grow up in Houston should not drive in snow!

1/04/2009 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

Aaah, the energy of the youth.

1/08/2009 07:28:00 PM  

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