Christmas is behind us! The storms have passed! There is new powder to track on "Red!" Life is truly
Low barometric pressure has been displaced by high pressure. Every time that happens during wintertime, temperatures plummet to around zero. But there is nary a cloud, so we will rely on solar heating to keep us warm up on Red Mountain today.
Today's photos are from a snowshoe trip up Commodore Gulch to Barstow Mine… some 12,000 feet of elevation. Of course this was before storm tracks dove south and dropped several feet of additional snow. Consequently, avalanche danger will be extreme today and we will need to avoid exposures (fun places) that could snuff out our little shining lights :(.
Though we took the "Gang" up to Barlow Mine and beyond to Spirit Basin this summer, I doubt they will recognize much beyond the skyline. We left a vehicle lower down "Red" and made a long trek up, up, up above timberline, through a profusion of wildflowers where we took turns posing for portraits, then down, down, down the "toe-jam" switchbacks to our pick up car. Here's a few reminder photos as examples of the grand and oppositional differences between winter and summer in the mountains…
|The above and below photo was taken from about the same place...|
|Winter above… Summer below. Note the Mountain Skyline remains the same.|
|John and Joallen, now grandparents. We'll probably never see THEM again :)|
|Childless Hiker Mommas, Suzanne and Gayle|
|Red Mountains 1, 2, and 3… now white with snow|
A BCB post without philosophical reflection is like a winter without snow. So here's something to chew on…
Some of the "Gang" can do just fine without snow in their winters. Hell, those Floridians have to crank up Mr. Buddy and put on coats just to look at these photos. Here's where you probably think I'm going to say something about how a little "Variety" in Life is the salt in one's beans. But no; you are wrong. Even though I don't get some of the choices and preferences of friends, and even relatives, I have learned to respect them. I'm just happy to be included in their lives… loved even. Well, maybe not by Jim; I think he tolerates me because I come with "Bobbie." :)
Some like cats, some prefer dogs, some need kids, and a few need all three. We all just "want somebody to love," and love us in return. Remember…
And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make
I would add to that that the love you get is equal to the love you give.
Happy New Year!!!
Mark and Bobbie… counting down the days till we bail Goldie from the "pound" and head south to Aridzona. Watch, it will snow down there…
|Now, out our backdoor… Hiking (wading, actually) Oak Creek Trail under the "Watchtower," Twin Peaks|
|Deep snow, me Happy…|