And the Weather God has spoken. Rumors of Old Man Winter's death are greatly exaggerated...
Just when I thought we might squeak by this year, sail right on in to summer on a warm breeze, a little insult to injury.
Truthfully? I love snow. But, like children, there comes a time when enough is enough...especially as we inch toward June.
So we are teased with a string of glorious sunny days, hopes are high, living is easy...bike rides to Camp Bird Mine, walking the River Trail, power-hiking County Road 14 with hand weights, a snowless loop around Ouray's Perimeter Trail!
But let's focus on before the "Bam."
Shots from our Perimeter Trail hike: Hot Springs Pool remodel is progressing nicely. Above the pool, on the hillside, is a cluster of houses. Ours is the Spruce Green one...
U. S. Mountain fill's the green V-knotch. Telluride is just on the other side...17 miles by Jeep, foot, or bike, but only 6 miles as the crow flies. 6 miles is all it takes to multiply real estate by a factor of 10. Location, location, location.
South facing Twin Peaks rises high and dry over Bobbies head. But trust me when I tell you that the trail up to the top is mostly on the shady north side, and won't be free of deep, steep, snow till mid June. View below warms my cockles...
Evening Primrose thinks it's spring. Ha!
A bridal veil waterfall. Snow's a-melting up high. And more Primrose below...then more views from the Perimeter Trail.
The Blowout is darn colorful once the snow's gone.
Now come along with me on a mountain bike grunt up Camp Bird Road to the mine. This climb makes Flying Monkey look like Kansas. Note aspen's greening up...
Ride along the edge for the best views down :)
The mountains don't care...
I give the ride, weather, and scenery a big "thumbs up." Yep...just might sail right on in to Summer on a warm breeze... (&$*^&%$@&*&() ????
Oops. 12 inches of it... and more coming :(. And to think, I packed away all the snow shovels just a few days ago. Ha!
Thumbs down now. Hopes dashed, mood sunk, mountain bike put away. But I'm not digging out long pant or boots. Nope. Not me. Not even sure if I own a pair of long pants, actually, but I do have boots. It's just that they make my feet look bigger when I wear shorts.
Poor Hummers...I wish I could warm their juice.
Now for our cheery forecast...it's for the birds!