29 May, 2013- Springtime in the Rockies

Springtime is finally showing itself in the rockies, as Aspen leaves begin to blossom.

Springtime is finally showing itself in the rockies, as Aspen leaves begin to blossom.

It seems wherever you go, people are always talking about the weather. That is certainly the case in the high country of the Central Rockies. In places like Summit County, so much of the local trade is tourism based, so having agreeable, seasonally appropriate weather is vital.  People visit in the spring and summer months to ride their bikes, and in the winter months to ski.

This year’s local weather has certainly not seemed normal.   For much of the winter, snowfall levels fell well short of average. And then it started snowing, in late march and into April, and then May and … Seriously, this is ridiculous, locals complain openly, as the latest snow showers blew through the area.

The Rocky Mountains are notorious for producing snow any month of the year, and with little notice. Most cruel are snows that fall in late May, when longings for summer are at reach their high-point. Lessons of patience courtesy of the weather gods. But here in the high country, in the final week of May, the tug of war between winter and summer still remains very much in play.

As I walked through the streets of Dillon, bracing myself against a cold, damp wind, I think to myself how in a few short months as my tender feet painfully scamper their way across sweltering beach sand, I will long for this feeling, of cold hands rosy cheeks and fresh mountain air.  Might as well appreciate the little signs of spring, like the first leaves of these young Aspens I came across.

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