Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ready or not

SPRING IS HERE! Sorry for yelling, but it's supposed to be almost 80 degrees tomorrow. Eighty, people!

The burn plan I wrote is useless; the grass in the burn unit turned green almost overnight.  Other people are burning though; aggressive columns rise from somewhere on the adjacent forest.  The temporary employees start in a month.  A month!  We start seriously planning the training schedule and shuffle through their folders, looking for missing documentation. I send them a flurry of emails, half of which they probably ignore.

But first, I had to visit winter one more time.  Dressed in ski gear, I drove up to the hill, passing people wearing shorts and flip flops.  The trip to the snow only took about 20 minutes.  The runs were empty.  There were no lift lines, and by that I mean no people in line at all.
Empty slopes
There are some bare patches showing next to the runs, and a few twigs uncovered in spots.  My insulated jacket is too warm. Winter is leaving, and fire season is just around the corner, whether we are ready or not.
Spring snowboarding!

10 comments:

  1. Like....sounds like a good day! Color us green with envy (though we are really all white here.

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  2. Wow 80!?! Glad you could still find snow.

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    1. There's still snow in the mountains but it feels like summer in the valley.

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  3. That is a fantastic picture of you!

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  4. Yeah, it hit 80 here in Portland yesterday....I was spring skiing at Mt Bachelor last weekend. Seemed funny to be heading up skiing when folks were golfing and flowers blooming. Sigh....I'm not ready for winter to be over.

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    1. It is funny. People are golfing and kayaking while others are skiing!

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  5. Please send 80 degrees...by express mail if possible. Or teleporting--teleporting would be good! Or in the cloud--yes, send 80 degrees up to the cloud and we'll download here! Can you tell we are getting a little fed up with Michigan's spring roller-coaster? (Your glasses are very cool, by the way.)

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    1. Wish I could send some. It was a cloudy winter so the sun is really nice.

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