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Archive for December 12th, 2016

On the Change of Seasons

December 12, 2016

When I left the mountain back in September before all my travels, it was early autumn, warm enough to hike with only a light jacket. There were spots of fall color, but the majority of trees still had the majority of their leaves, and the aspen outside our front window hadn’t even given up its suit of summer green yet.

Fall color

On my return, it was early winter. The aspen was bare, as were the tamaracks across the way. A few inches of snow dusted trees and slopes and roads alike. When we walked down to the village to get our mail, we passed creeks that were starting to ice up. I found it a bit disconcerting to have missed the gradual change from one state to the other— the drive north from Florida wasn’t sufficient to get me acclimated.

Dusting of snow in the morning light



In the few weeks since we got back, it’s just gotten more and more wintery, which is of course what we, as skiers, want. Sometimes the clouds roll in and parts of the mountain just disappear. This was the view out our front window a couple days ago.

Sometimes the mountain disappears

We could still use some more snow on the slopes, so I’m hoping for more clouds to roll on through, preferably on nights when I don’t have things to do in town or city the next morning. Yes, I can drive down the mountain road when it’s snowing, but I’d just as soon not have to. I’d rather be skiing in it.


On this date in 2015: Go Cats Go
2014 and 2013: No entries
2012: Tree of Life Quilt
2011: Expensive Urine
2010: Cocooning
2009: Technological Difficulties
2008: Shoulda Been a Banker
2007: WDW 3: Back in Epcot
2006: Caught in the Act
2005: Winter Count—April
2002 through 2004: No entries

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