It's early. Most of us haven't even taken our yearly fitness test yet. But it's out there, someone's campfire, abandoned in the wilderness. Fifty people are fighting it, digging fireline and protecting a cabin.
|photo from http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/|
It was closing weekend. I met a friend at my favorite lift and did a few runs; the snow was getting sparse in spots, but the sun was out. Costumes were all over the mountain; some people skied in shorts. As I sat next to the run looking at the mountains, a curious grouse approached.
That's cute, I thought, watching it circle me. Some people looked down from the lift. "There's a grouse behind you," one of them said helpfully. Suddenly it flew at me in a fury, making a demented noise. It appeared to be time to move on.
The early fires smolder in the hills. Maybe they are a sign of a busy fire season to come, maybe not. Maybe it will rain all summer. Although we are armed with long term forecasts and maps of drought, nobody really knows for sure.
I don't stick around for last chair. See you next winter, aggressive grouse! We'll do our best to make sure your home stays safe.