“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the
inside of a man.”
–Sir Winston Churchill
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Desperately Seeking Summer
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The rule of thumb here in the Pacific Northwest is that the weather turns to Summer after July 4th. Apparently Ma Nature has forgotten this little factoid. While folks in the southern half of the country appear to be getting baked, we seem to be trapped in a never ending Spring. Or, Fall has started early. While it isn't cold, it isn't particularly warm either. And it's raining, with more in the forecast this week. Bah...
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort record 612 inches of snow (that's 51 feet!), and had their longest ski season on record, running from Nov. 18, 2010 to July 14th this year. Great for the skiers, not so much for those who ride stock or backpack in the wildnerness. Let me illustrate.
That's Crystal Mountain on the left. To the right is Scout Pass, on the Pacific Crest Trail, one of the entries into the Norse Peak Wilderness, which the astute reader will recall is one of my favorite summer riding areas. Unless, of course, it's covered in snow. Initial reports indicate there is a quite a bit of the white stuff on the ground still, and that trails took a beating from a rougher than normal winter. My brother-in-law and I are going to take a drive up to Government Meadows Horse Camp sometime in the next couple weeks, and hike in to assess trail conditions before attempting to go in on horse back. I'm trying to be optimistic about this, but I think packing season will be abbreviated this year.