Note: Road Trip Memories is a series on Traveler Ahoy where I look back at the various things I’ve seen and done on past road trips.
When my friends and I planned our road trip to Las Vegas a few years ago we decided to make a detour to the Grand Canyon. We only spent a couple hours here because we wanted to make it to Las Vegas that night. We left Alberta in May and it was snowing. It doesn’t always snow in May at home, but that year it did. We drove through Montana in an awful snow/sleet storm, and continued on into Idaho and Utah. The next day when we left our hotel in Salt Lake City my friends and I thought, “we’re going to Arizona and Nevada. There won’t be any snow there.”
Well when we got to the Grand Canyon it was snowing. It wasn’t a snowstorm like back at home, just some small flakes, but I almost cried. You have to understand, there’s some serious psychological implications living in a place where it snows 5 to 8 months of the year. When I left Edmonton I desperately wanted not to see snow for my week long trip.
Here is a picture of my brief time at the Grand Canyon, while it snowed. The snow in the Grand Canyon was a reminder that sometimes you travel to escape something, but it can still find you.
Have you ever encountered snow in an expected place?