Rain in the Desert - 2005

    I've lived in Arizona for since 1997 and visited here for 6 years before that. In all those years I have driven over washes, creeks, and gulches literally hundreds of times and they have always been bone dry.

    In 2005, with the end of an 8-10 year drought in sight, we had about 5 inches of rain over the winter.

    To those of you 'non-desert' folk, you are probably thinking, "so what?"

    So, I thought I'd post a few pictures of what a few inches of rain are capable of. (Click the pictures for larger views.)

    Dry Beaver Creek is north of Phoenix on the way up to Sedona. The water in that creek would easily wash away even the largest tractor trailer. Within hours a dry creek bed becomes a fierce rapids.




    Those of you that have visited Sedona may not recognize the following pictures.

    Sedona, a favorite red rock vacation spot is located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon. Oak Creek Canyon rises approximately 1500 feet as you leave Sedona towards Flagstaff and the Mogollon Rim (the beginnings of the high desert in the north of Arizona).

    The normally placid Oak Creek, about 10-15 feet wide and a foot or so deep, usually runs lazily down thru the canyon and the town of Sedona. Anyone that visits Sedona will remember that Oak Creek runs directly under the 'T' intersection at the center of town. (Pardon my manual splice for a panoramic view below.)

    Looking North up Oak Creek

    Looking South from the T

    Along Oak Creek Canyon

    Along Oak Creek Canyon

    Waterfall from the side of the canyon

    Closeup of Waterfall

    From the top of the Canyon


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