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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Rites and Wrongs of Spring

All was well in the land of Ray; this is what we came home to. Snow, yes, but retreating up the mountainsides right on schedule. Lower perimeter trails were muddy in places but at least open. The ballpark's outfield grass was spring green; kids in shorts nursed iced drinks, swung bats, and flung frisbees. Fido's, in a fit of surging hormones and spring fever, nosed the turf for lush bouquets of previous Fidettes, and the most romantic spot to leave a "Love Note." Apparently dogs can tell a lot about each other with such acute senses of smell. (Wow, I like to meet her at third base!)

But now it's back to snowmen, sledding, and hot chocolate for pale children of The Crevice, and, evidently, snowshoeing for sun-tanned Desert Wanderers. As for Fido's, the romance has all but been frozen out of peeing in the park, as grass is under an odorless twelve inch blanket of snow. Woof-Damn!

The temperature reads 12 degrees. Cabin fever set in late yesterday. Come hell, high-water, or frozen toes, I'm getting out of the house, if only to shovel the white plague from my perimeter. Maybe then I can smell tulip juice, swelling red and yellow bulbs in the cold frozen tundra of our backyard! At least the wind has blown itself out...for now.

 This was our first hike after arriving home to Lovely Ouray...

And now this! What hath God wrought?


  1. Nice posing Bobbie. Why is Bobbie cleaning the car? -Maikel

  2. Good for you.... Dare the Spring Gods with your wrath and hike on! Certainly hope those Spring buds weren't frozen in their tracks.

  3. Time to get back to the desert. At least for a little bit.

  4. What a beautiful town, even with the snow! Hopefully, it is melting fast. Glad you didn't let a little snow and freezing temps keep you in!

  5. Absolutely beautiful, even if frozen! Met some folks from Ouray when we were in Pagosa Springs. Sounds like a great place to visit after the thaw. The MH doesn't do chains!

  6. Maikel,
    That's not funny!!!

    Klb Explores,
    I feel like Job in the Bible...only instead of boils it snows!

    Trying to squeeze in a trip to Moab if I can get Goldie out of the hospital...

    John and Pam,
    It is purdy here with fresh snow. Not so much tho, when Utah blows in from the west :(( You guys brave the weather too, I notice. Good for you!

    Geo and Suz,
    "Pretty" and "cold" should not be used in the same sentence when it refers to weather...they are mutually exclusive :))

    No, if you need to chain up the MoHo, you are in the wrong place at the wrong time :) Thanks... drop by in mid July; it's wildflower season. It will blow you away!!!
    thanks, mark


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