Thursday, February 16, 2012

Arrival Safe and Sound - update

Well, another trip under out belts. We left Albuquerque by 7:30 and crossed the line from Gallup into Arizona a few hours later. I know I'm getting close when I can see the San Francisco Peaks, north of Flagstaff. Even on an overcast day with a bit of snow blowing around, I could see the peaks from 70 miles away.

We got to 141 Purtymun Lane around 1pm. We unloaded the Jeep and relaxed a bit. The place was left in great shape by the owners, Linda and Jen. They left some chocolate covered strawberries for a Valentine's Day treat for us in the fridge. We had a Valentine's Day dinner at Heart Line restaurant. We don't usually do that. Their signature dish is Pecan Encrusted Trout which Judy ordered. Lots of trout out here. Steelhead Trout is very popular. It looks and tastes like salmon, but it is a trout.

Anyway, gassed up, again, and took a ride down Dry Creek rd to make sure it was open so I could check out some painting locations. I will be taking Michael Johnson's class down there friday. The road was open but in fairly rough shape, so it should be a fun ride for the class. The weather was still overcast and there was some snow at the higher elevations but it is still breath-taking.

The creek was pretty dry but will start filling up again when we get some snow melt from the Flagstaff area. The weather should be improving for the next few days. It is sunny now and will be in the 50-60 range. Probably not much warmer than Walpole, but a different look and feel.

Below is what the creek looks like when the water is flowing.


  1. Glad to know you're there safe and sound.

    Really liked those pix of the wash without much water in it and the mountains off in the distance.

  2. The mountains in the far distance had snow on them, but it doesn't show too well in the photo. I'll post a photo of the water coming through the rocks.