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        03-29-2012, 12:56 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    just beautiful
         
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        03-29-2012, 12:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    I am seriously considering retiring to Arizona but after those snow pictures, I am reconsidering!
    wares, this snowfall was COMPLETELY out of the ordinary! This is the most snow I've seen here literally in YEARS. I grew up in (northern) Arizona and we usually only get 3-4" tops all year...if we get any at all.
         
        03-29-2012, 09:40 PM
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    Weanling
    One of the best things with where DraftyAriesMum and I live is that even when it's snowing, it rarely lasts more than a couple days before it melts and its warm again.
    The summers are mild, occasionally into the triple digits, but even then it's pleasant.
    It still gets doen into the 60's and 70's at night, which is good sleeping weather, and the winters are rarely below 25 as the low.
    The sun shines 97% of the time, the people here are generally wonderful, and there's ample state and national forest land to explore on horseback.
    The Grand Canyon is about a 2 hr drive, as is Phoenix. Tucson is about 4 hours away, Mexico about 5.5 hrs.
    The climate is so such that you can ride comfortably all year long, and explore places you've never been before.
    I suspect it would take someone a lifetime to explore the entire state, and at least 3-4 years of hard riding to hit all the trails in this area alone.
    Feeling skittish? Don't.
    Come visit, we'll all go play, and show you what it's all about here.
    Just don't flip out when you see people carrying firearms on their hip wherever you go.
    It's legal here to carry concealed without a permit, and we do take our 2nd Amendment rights very seriously.
    Heck, if i'm not at work, my sidearm is on my hip.
    And at work, it's in my truck, so I can put it on after work.
    Sorta like the AMEX card....don't leave home without it!
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        03-30-2012, 01:21 PM
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    Perfect example of what azwantapaint described:

    A week a half ago, we had 2.5-3 feet of snow. Today it's supposed to 76F and sunny.
         
        03-30-2012, 02:50 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I researched the climate before I bought, & when I was here on a couple of visits-it was OK. Then I moved, burning all my bridges & it was COLD! & snow & Wind-Yikes! It's getting a bit warmer now,some times I don't have a full thermal "suit" on, but I keep jackets & sweater handy, that's for sure. I'm hoping I'll be more comfortable when it's a bit warmer & that the heat is OK for me & the monsoons not too scary. Definetly an adjustment after being in one place for 34 years.
         
        03-30-2012, 03:16 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Beautiful pictures...But, aren't there snakes there? Like...ga-billions of snakes? Poisonous snakes... *cringe*
         
        03-30-2012, 03:23 PM
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    I researched the climate before I bought, & when I was here on a couple of visits-it was OK. Then I moved, burning all my bridges & it was COLD! & snow & Wind-Yikes! It's getting a bit warmer now,some times I don't have a full thermal "suit" on, but I keep jackets & sweater handy, that's for sure. I'm hoping I'll be more comfortable when it's a bit warmer & that the heat is OK for me & the monsoons not too scary. Definetly an adjustment after being in one place for 34 years.
    You'll get used to it. You'll learn to keep a hoodie or windbreaker handy at all times, even in the summer. The monsoons aren't too bad, but then again, I grew up here.

    My friend from Canada always says "Gotta love AZ and it's bi-polar weather! If you don't like it, just wait five minutes. It'll change."

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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Beautiful pictures...But, aren't there snakes there? Like...ga-billions of snakes? Poisonous snakes... *cringe*
    Depends on where you are and what time of year. I lived in Tucson (far south in the desert) for six years and saw one rattlesnake the entire time and one bull snake (looks like a rattlesnake only longer/bigger and eats rattlers). I've lived where I live now pretty much the entire time I've been alive (except that six years in Tucson) and have seen a total of one rattlesnake. It was on a hike out in the boonies. I did have a California king snake come in my house a couple of years back, but they're completely harmless. They eat mice and rats and bunnies.
         
        03-31-2012, 03:59 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Beautiful pictures...But, aren't there snakes there? Like...ga-billions of snakes? Poisonous snakes... *cringe*
    I've lived here for almost 20 years and have yet to come across a rattlesnake. The only ones I've seen are already dead when I get there because my sister in laws house is surrounded by empty land, those are the houses that get them usually. I did happen upon a rather large snake in the road but it wasn't a rattler and I just moved it to the side with a stick. So no, not necessarily. Although it is recommended that you ride with a length of hose just in case your horse gets bitten in the face.
         
        03-31-2012, 04:02 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
    I researched the climate before I bought, & when I was here on a couple of visits-it was OK. Then I moved, burning all my bridges & it was COLD! & snow & Wind-Yikes! It's getting a bit warmer now,some times I don't have a full thermal "suit" on, but I keep jackets & sweater handy, that's for sure. I'm hoping I'll be more comfortable when it's a bit warmer & that the heat is OK for me & the monsoons not too scary. Definetly an adjustment after being in one place for 34 years.
    What part did you retire to? I'm in the valley, with the insanely hot summers. Flaggstaff is beautiful, but I think the Payson area is just perfect, climate wise.
         
        03-31-2012, 11:11 AM
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    Green Broke
    I see rattlers ever now again, but I also live close to a park, so we have a lot of wild life in general. Usually though if you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone.
    I wouldn't mind living in Payson. Lots of good places to ride there.
         

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