Sunday, March 18, 2012

What a Change in the Weather

Friday and Saturday we stayed in the Congress/Wickenburg areas. Friday we took a dirt road that went passed a few ranches but was mostly land covered with mesquite trees and cacti. There were some hills and curves in the road. And it was pure dust all the way. So after that little jaunt we had to go into Wickenburg to the car wash.
Saturday morning the campground had a sausage and pancake breakfast that we went to. In honor of St. Pat's day they had blueberry pancakes that looked kinda green but were good. And then for lunch we went into Congress for a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the fire hall. The meal was only served from from 12 noon until the food ran out. We got there about 12:30pm and shortly thereafter the serving stopped as the food had run out. They had very large servings of corned beef, potatoes, carrots and a small serving of cabbage. The food was good but I would have like more cabbage and less potatoes and carrots but at least I didn't have to cook.
We have had really nice warm weather until last night when it seemed the bottom fell out. During the day yesterday it was cloudy but comfortable. As the day went on the clouds were building and then we had some wind (not as bad as was predicted), then some thunder and lightning could be heard and seen in the distance and finally the rain started. It rained hard all night. This morning, Sunday, the rain has been coming in showers off and on. The worst part is the temperature has dropped- it was 38 degrees about 7am and is not expected to get much above 50 if that warm today. It's been in the 80's. Mountains north of us are snow covered and further north on I-40 the road has been closed because of snow. And spring is to start this week!! We have been hearing that the weather back east has been wonderful all winter. Hopefully, if this system moves east it will be gone by the time we get home in a couple of weeks.
Close to noon we began to see patches of blue sky as we drove to Surprise, Az. to meet friends, Margaret and Don Phillips for lunch at the Irish Wolfhound Restaurant and Pub. Actually in Surprise the sun was shining and the bright blue sky had lots of big, fluffy white clouds. But as we sat in the restaurant enjoying the company and food the clouds thickened and the sky darkened. It was somewhat breezy and chilly when we left the restaurant a little past 3pm. Driving north toward Wickenburg we had a shower of rain and to the east the most beautiful rainbow occurred. It was an entire rainbow arch, not a partial that is most often seen, plus a second rainbow on the northern side. When we were just about to Wickenburg we were hit with hail for a short spell and then just rain until we got back to the motorhome. It was a nice afternoon being with friends and catching up with one another.