Archive for January, 2010

Payson after the Big Snow Storm

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The record setting winter storm that moved through Arizona late last week deluged the  exposed surfaces of the state with a thick blanket of snow in the northern parts of the state as well as filling the lakes in the south.  After several days of rain, Sunday offered bright blue skies and light winds, a perfect inducement to AZ Rvators to indulge in their favorite pastime.

What better place to go than northeast from Phoenix where the white covered mountains beckoned as soon as we were airborne.  In the far background, the white frosted Mogollon rim blends into the far closer mountain range.

The Matzatzal mountains divide the Tonto basin/upper Roosevelt Lake from the eastern side of the Phoenix Gigantoplex.

Mt Humpries (Arizona’s miniture Mt Shasta), as always, looks awesome in the distance.  We wonder if the ski area is open today?  On Saturday, Arizona’s ski areas were all still closed as the tried to dig out from the huge snow fall.

Payson airport is encased in a white border as we get closer.  Seeing the black stripe is reassuring.

Most of one side of the runway is plowed so we decided it wasnt a good time to land on the centerline.  Or at the Southwest end of the runway which was still covered in ice.

The plow must have spent a lot of time getting the taxiways plowed enough for plane traffic.

The spots in front of the restaurant were all filled so 53L parted in front of a row of hangers.

A couple of Bonanza drivers didnt think there was enough clearance on the taxiway to get past this bottleneck above without using their wingtips as shovels.

The friendly, neighborhood FBOman was happy to push the snow further away so the Bonanzas could taxi by in formation.

The walkway to the restaurant from the airplane parking ramp showed that only a few brave pilots has passed this way today.

Glenn lucked out as the departing bonanzas left a prized parking spot for him to slide into.

Dave and Ann landed soon after Glenn.

A Model T (or is it a Model A?) doing a FOD check on the taxiway?  We never did see him come back and there was no where else to go.

Dave and Ann launch for home after a hour of good food and camaraderie.

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