We are not the first 'Gronseths' to make it to Arizona, but we are the first from our immediate family.
Dan - I do most of the blogging, photos, artwork you'll see. Came from Wisconsin to Arizona in 1986 after a bicycle trip to the lower 48 states. I've been a park ranger since the end of 1988.
Karen (Bleeker) - Karen came from South Dakota to Arizona in 1989. She has been a teacher and a teacher trainer. We met here in Arizona and were married in 1990.
Erik - Erik came along in 1996. He is pretty smart and likes math, reading, playing the Wii and watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Jakob - Jakob was born in 1999, the last of the 'old millenium' Gronseths - at least amongst our immediate family. Jakob loves people and can seldom stand to be alone for any length of time.
Phoenix has seen snow once or twice in about 40 years or so. The nearby mountains get a coating almost every year. The other day it was beautifully clear after a chilly wind blew all day and rains with snow in the low elevations came during the night. Even so, by late in the day the snow was already starting to disappear.
Looking north from the Phoenix Mountains Presserve at 40th Street there are some white tipped mountains in the distance.