I awoke to a tap on the shoulder a little after 7 a.m., my wife exhorting me to look outside.
Really? Do I have to?
We had slipped out of Tucson with our 9-year son for a 48-hour jaunt to Madera Canyon — although I returned to the TucsonCitizen.com office on Saturday to write the Arizona-UCLA game blog — hoping to enjoy some hiking and cooler temperatures.
But even knowing that we were under a winter storm advisory, and having heard howling winds during the night, I wasn’t prepared to sit up, put on my glasses, look out the window and see … snow!
There was about four inches of the soft stuff outside the cabin, always a thrill for long-time desert dwellers (and a certain 9-year-old who has lived most of his life in Tucson).
Let’s just say we need some help with our snowman-making skills.
In any case, we got some unexpected memories and a couple of hours in the snow before making the short journey back to Tucson.
Here are some more photos from Madera Canyon: