Monday, May 7, 2018

Hello Spring, are you there?

It seems like summer is on the way.  The minions (seasonal employees) are all hired.  A few fires, caused by people burning brush and grass, have happened lately.  We even burned the grass around the base, racing greenup to get it done.
But even though there have been some warm days in the valley, in the mountains the snow still clings to the hills.  The rivers are running high, and flooding is predicted.

I decided to hike a trail that is usually mostly snow free by now.  It climbs steeply up a south facing ridge, gaining 2500' of elevation in 2.5 miles.  Having forgotten my ice axe and trekking poles, I optimistically tackled the first switchbacks, which were dry.  But soon I ran into solid snow, and started kicking steps up steep snowfields.  I noticed bear tracks and looked around, but saw no animals or people on the open ridge.
The top seemed like a long way away.
This picture doesn't make it look very steep, but it was.
But I finally made it to the top and the site of a former lookout.  It was starting to melt out, but no flowers yet.
Spring always comes, but some years it takes longer than others.

Is it spring where you are?

8 comments:

  1. We've skipped spring and moved right into summer - it was 95 today, ack! That was one heck of a hike - love your sense of adventure. :)

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    1. 95! That's a really hot day for us. Hope running isn't miserable!

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  2. Yup - totally spring, wildflowers blooming all over! I just love the springs here in Western Oregon.

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    1. That's good. Our flowers are just starting, and none up high yet.

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  3. The tulips are out (by the hundreds of thousands) and the tourons are here (in similar numbers). Must go buy an elephant ear to get through the day (festival pastries, for those who have not encountered this delicacy).

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  4. Yes, finally...a few trout lilies and bloodroot blooming, along with the daffodils. Old road to back field finally melted out. That's a pretty hard core hike, kicking footsteps in a steep snowcovered mt! Glad you made it up to bare ground. Love the photos.

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    1. I'm still waiting for most flowers. I have a few daffodils blooming in my garden.

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