Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring is busting out

You may have heard the news lately about the volcano in Iceland that is erupting beneath a glacier. The mixture of searing heat with millions of pounds of ice has to be an incredible reaction to see and hear. In Park City, we can't match that drama, but it is still fun to watch.

Since it snowed 7" on Monday, the temperatures have climbed into the 60's with brilliant sunshine. The recent snow is long gone and we are quickly working through the base, especially on any south-facing slopes.

During the heat of the afternoon, you can hear water everywhere. Gutters become creeks. Creeks become rivers. Houses drip non-stop with the occasional calving of a chunk of the roof glaciers. It's best not to be beneath one when it gives.

The animals are out in full force. Chipmunks and squirrels are everywhere. Coming home from dinner this week, Julie and I saw a fox, then another fox, then a moose, all within a mile or so of driving. One moose has been hanging out in our next door neighbor's back yard. I'll have to get a picture of her soon.

Most of us are wishing for a quick, definitive end to winter. Two of the three local ski resorts have closed and Park City has only three days to go. The trees don't really start greening up for another month or two, but I would be quite happy with a dry brown instead of snow and mud.
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