I try to look at six-month high country winters as lessons in perseverance. Ok, maybe endurance is a better word. At best, they can make a person appreciate spring, summer and fall...not to mention, Rvs and Southern Arizona, which kinda undoes lessons in perseverance, but you get my point. At worse, well, let's just say I'm not fond of having to wear 7 layers of clothes. Long cold winters remind me of every injury I inflected on my body during my careless/foolish youth.
Currently, as I pen this post, Lovely Ouray is being gifted with its first blizzard of this up-to-now moderate winter. I pace expansive Imax Windows, peering down at a near invasion of C-DOT snowplows rumbling through town. They are out in force, intense blue lights flashing, shattering our blanket of white peace with the grating roar of metal on asphalt...heavy steel blades fling giant arcs of grimy slush to the shoulders of Main Street.
I can hear the laboring groan of diesel engines from a convoy of snowplows reverberate from our box canyon cliffs. They creep up Lovely Ouray's serpentine switchbacks, eventually fading from view in a raging blizzard. I do not envy the plow drivers task in storms like this. Clearing snow from the notorious, guardrail-less, shoulder-less Million Dollar Highway is not a job for the faint of heart. If it's a blizzard here in Lovely Ouray, what must it be like on Red Mountain Pass?
|Bobbie, heading for the forest...about to trade sunshine and wind for darkness and calm.|
|Bobbie follows my tracks upslope after leaving the pass...|
|This drift was waist deep...|
|Winded from the effort, Bobbie breaks trail, uphill and through knee deep snow.|
On the way back to Lovely Ouray, we spot two bull moose. The bigger one on the right seems to be saying something to the smaller one: Can you believe we're going to be eating twigs for 6 more months?
What would your caption be???
Mark and Bobbie...PS: Another snowstorm blew through. Tomorrow is Saturday and the forecast looks agreeable. We'll head back up Red Mountain and see what kind of mischief can be found...Sunday, too, maybe!!!