This is my last post for the 2008-2009 season. I hope you've enjoyed my winter!
During the past week, when temperatures reached the 60s I saw bluebirds, meadowlarks, sandhill cranes and flocks of snow geese. It was pleasant hearing the meadowlarks singing on the prairie.
I used the past tense there because spring seems to have taken a spring vacation. We got enough snow last Thursday that I had to shovel my front walk. That's the first real shoveling I've done since mid January.
Then this past weekend we received another foot of snow blown into nice deep drifts. It was that wet heavy kind of snow. Drifts to three and four feet required quite a bit of effort to clear. Got that done Sunday evening and this morning I find I have a few more inches to move aside. And two more storms are forecast for Tuesday and Thursday this week.
So spring is definitely on Spring Vacation. But at least the backcountry skiing will be good for a while longer -- if I can just get out there to enjoy it.
Since my focus the rest of spring will be on backcountry skiing I have begun to prepare my skis for groomed trails for summer storage. Rather than repeat the description of the process here I'll point you to a post from March 2008 called Spring Cleaning and Summer Storage.
I hope you all have a great fun packed spring and summer. I'll be out doing my photography thing, camping, hiking, backpacking and climbing. If you'd like to keep track of my summer outings visit the ChoteauCam on my Ear Mountain Photography website.
I look forward to your visit to Ralph's Blog in early October 2009. See you then!