The Cranky Ol' Bat

Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! - RuPaul


Signs & Portents....

OK, I really don't know what to make of this....

Seattle: Annual precipitation 5.4 inches since 1 January

Phoenix: Annual precipitation 4.75 inches officially since 1 January at Sky Harbor

One of my buddies,DragonStormInAZ, said he had reports of close to 7 inches out in the 'burbs.

And supposedly another storm is coming in from California.

One good thing about it is that it should be one of the best wildflower seasons on record here in Arizona. The pictures don't do it justice. Trust me on that.

Just remember...if you are out here in Arizona and choose to check them out, don't pick the flowers. Yup, it looks like there are a lot out there, but a) maybe your mama would like you in the picture, but I doubt anyone else out there would, and b) the last thing those flowers need is some doofus clomping around acting like a dork in the middle of the meadow stomping on them.


  • At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Cb said…

    Hey Kory:) I live in Az too!
    I hate it here. I didn't know there
    were flowers! Wherd you find those

  • At 4:29 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Hi there, cb! Good to see you back!

    You didn't say what part of AZ you are in, but if you are around Phoenix and want to see them, your best bet is the Apache Trail. Pres. Teddy Roosevelt drove it in 1911, believe it or not. (Fortunately there is more paved road now....)

    Get yer happy butt to Apache Junction, then head north on AZ88. If you want to do the full drive (and have a 4x4...which I don't), you can continue past Tortilla Flats. I don't have one, so I never have.

    But at Tortilla Flats, you can try out the prickly pear ice cream and look at the purty flowers.
    This link is to an old America West article on the drive. Well worth it, even when the wildflowers aren't out. It's a very cool day trip!

  • At 1:19 AM, Anonymous cb said…

    shweet. thanks:)

  • At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've driven past Tortilla Flat in my 2 wheel drive, 30 foot long pick'um truck to Roosevelt Lake (er, pond?) with no problems. Can get a little twisty, but cars can make it. Was well maintained. I actually saw a UPS truck on that road. Gets you past Apache and Canyon Lakes also. Continue past Roosevelt to the Beeline Highway and back to PHX.

    Jorge Grande

  • At 2:48 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Gracias, Jorge, for the report! Will check it out soon!


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