Ringing in the New Year with Snow in Pine-Strawberry

New Year’s Eve brought the snow we’ve been hoping for in Pine-Strawberry! It started at around 8 a.m. that day and continued on and off throughout New Year’s Day. It was a glorious powder that measured 14″ at this writer’s house in Pine, which is right at an elevation of 6,000 feet. We contemplated briefly of donning our skis and seeing how they would work down our road, which is fairly steep, but we dismissed that idea, figuring we’d end up landing on someone’s deck (or breaking our necks!)

New Year's Day 2015

New Year’s Day 2015





In addition to the beauty and snow play, most of us Pine-Strawberry residents feel very blessed that this generous snowfall will nourish our Ponderosa Pine forest as well as our water table. An abundance of visitors have come to our area from near and far this week to enjoy the beauty and recreation provided by the lovely blanket of snow on our mountains and hills. We’ve enjoyed watching kids of all ages and even pet dogs and deer playing in the snow.

We want to remind everyone again to take care when driving in snow and ice conditions. What’s more, when it’s sunny during the day and the snow starts to melt, and then our temperatures go down to freezing again at night, we end up with a lot of ice on stairs, walkways, driveways, and roads. If you’re visiting our area or coming up to stay at your second home or a vacation rental, please be sure wear appropriate footwear and watch out for icy spots, as injuries from such falls often can be quite serious. With the proper outerwear and precautions, you can have a wonderful time enjoying all of the beauty and recreational opportunities our area has to offer during the winter as well as throughout the year. In addition to outdoor activities, most of our shops and restaurants in Pine and Strawberry are opened throughout the winter, too. And, as always, you’re welcome to stop by and visit with us at Sunny Mountain Realty, and to get a complimentary area map and/or list of homes and land available for sale in Pine and Strawberry.

Wishing you and yours a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015!

The Sunny Mountain Realty Team

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…Looking forward to Snow!

After a beautiful summer and fall 2014, it is finally feeling like winter in Pine-Strawberry. As a matter of fact, we’re anticipating possible snow this week and a more definite forecast for snow mid-to-late next week (the week of Dec. 14.) It will be great to have some good snowfalls this year, because last year was sorely lacking. We really missed the abundant snow that we had experienced in previous years. Not only do most of us love to drink in the beauty of snow blanketing our Ponderosa pine forest, but we appreciate the fact that it is so beneficial to the health of our forest.

Snow in Pine in 2009

Snow in Pine in 2009

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We’re pleased to report Pine is all decked out for Christmas, with lights and decorations at many of the businesses. At our office at Sunny Mountain Realty, we are very serious about celebrating the Christmas Season, which is evident by our elaborate outdoor display each December. It brings joy to our hearts to see pedestrians stop by and walk around our front yard to enjoy our decorations, and cars slow down so occupants can check them out. If you are planning to come up to the Pine-Strawberry area or drive through during the holidays, please slow down and take a look, or stop by for a visit. There are usually plenty of treats in our office this time of year!
We want to remind everyone to watch the weather reports before heading up to Rim Country at this time of year, and take precautions for driving in snow and ice conditions. When a Winter Storm Warning is issued, that means severe winter weather conditions are expected or are occurring, and driving conditions will likely be extremely dangerous. In such a case, it is recommended that you postpone your trip. However, if traveling is unavoidable, make sure you have snow chains or cables for your vehicle, take along emergency supplies (e.g., winter clothing, blankets, food for humans and pets, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a snow scraper for your windshield.) Make sure to make family and/or friends aware of your travel plans, including the planned route, destination and arrival time, as well as the description of the vehicle you’ll be driving. For The latest road conditions and closures, call the ADOT Freeway management system at (888) 411-7623 or visit their Web site at www.az511.com. Additional weather information is on the web at www.weather.gov/flagstaff. For trips on driving in snow and ice conditions, visit the AAA Website at http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/.

All of us at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine-Strawberry and Happy Jack wish you all a happy, healthy and abundant holiday season and New Year!

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Life is Wild in Pine-Strawberry, AZ!

Spring greetings to our readers! We have written often in the past about the abundance of wildlife in the Pine-Strawberry area, but this spring we have noticed an amazingly large and diverse array of forest creatures in our neighborhoods and also in downtown Pine. In fact, we seem to be having an Elk Convention in Pine every Wednesday at dusk! At times, we have counted more than 50 head of elk at one time in the fields and meadows of the properties on the east side of SR87. Many of us have walked up to within a few yards of these majestic creatures to snap photos while they are munching on grass, and they have paid us little mind, just as long as we stayed on our side of the fence, of course. In addition to elk, we have spotted lots of white tailed deer; the typical squirrels, jays, woodpeckers, finches, hummingbirds, hawks, javelina, skunks, coyotes, lizards and garter snakes; and the more exotic turkeys, quail and even a beautiful silver fox one evening. It’s wonderful to be able to live in harmony with all these beautiful creatures, which we can do as long as we remember to view them from a distance because they are still wild and thus somewhat unpredictable. And, we never let our small dogs roam out on their own. If you are an animal lover or bird watcher, the Pine-Strawberry area is a great place to visit or live!

The first few photos below were taken at the entrance to the Portal II neighborhood in Pine and the rest were taken in downtown Pine:

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