After living in Flagstaff for over 10 years, I am used to this occurrence (late spring snow fall). It happens pretty much every year. That known fact doesn't stop me from living in denial every spring when April is upon us and the birds start to chirp and the grass and flowers start to grow.
It still manages to surprise me every year...that pesky late snowfall.
No matter, I still had one of my most memorable runs of the winter this morning (even though it's spring). It snowed all right but not enough to stop a run up the Elden Lookout Road (Elden Lookout Road has been something of a weekly running rutual for me this winter to get some vertical). There was only about 2-5 inches on the road with only a few drifts to pound through and the snow was all light powder making for a reasonable pace up hill and pleasant "floating" on the way back down. I made first tracks up the road that morning adding to the pleasure. It was extremely beautiful in the early morning light with all the fresh snow everywhere. I tried to really enjoy the scene as I knew that it was probably the last time I'd run in snow like this for many months.
Note: As I write this it is warm and sunny outside and all the snow is melting! It could all be gone from town by afternoon, today. Welcome to Flagstaff weather!
(looking up the Elden Lookout Road after the run)
Still meaning to finish that post about running in The Grand Canyon a few days ago...
(Matt and I running down the S. Kaibab Trail)