Am pausing in the sweltering SoCal heat to answer this week’s unusual WordPress Photo Challenge with three photos. Though snowfall isn’t an unusual occurrence for lots of people, I’ve always found a special magic in snow – and boy would I welcome a little flurry just now!
Having grown up largely deprived of pack and powder, I adore visiting snowy climes – and I’ve been especially delighted by “surprise” snow at places and times I didn’t expect! Like I’ve traveled plenty over the mountainous Grapevine that separates LA from California’s Central Valley, and the trip is generally a hot one that punishes unsuspecting cars. But one February, I got treated to the sight of lovely snow-dusted peaks instead of the dry, brown ones I’ve usually encountered:
I also got a surprise once while traveling with the folks through the Lake Tahoe area in June (granted, a place that’s no stranger to snow – ask the Donner Party…). After settling in at a motel on Donner Pass, we awoke to find that the weather had turned overnight and the ground and trees outside were speckled with snow:
Now, neither situation was unprecedented – or even chain-worthy – but those snows were an extra-special treat because I simply hadn’t seen them coming!
The savvy people who run Disneyland must understand that novelty for an Angeleno like me. When I was there one evening around last Christmas, they had a machine generate gentle snowfall over a crowd of us gathered near Tom Sawyer Island – and I was figuratively and even a bit literally tickled!
Yes, snow isn’t an unusual thing for many. And if I had to keep it off the driveway on a regular basis, our relationship might be a little different. But having lived most of my life apart from snow, I really do find it extraordinary!
Some might judge that the unusual thing here is for a person to become giddy over snow in some mountains – much less fake snow in December. But me? I’m just happy to be enchanted!