Saturday, February 7, 2009

To Be Outside Today...

This is one of those days when we look at each other and confirm our desire to stay here, at least for a while.

After a blizzard the other night that only produced 3 or 4 inches of powdery snow, the sun is blinding in its intensity and commitment to stay up beyond 5 p.m.

Its warmth is palpable, even after a below zero start to the day. We are noticing that once the sun is up, now around 9 a.m., the earth warms up much quicker than previously. Yukon and Bear bundled up with Brown Dog to take a little hike this morning across the creek to the Fort Richardson boundary line. The little person actually lasted a half-hour before wanting to come home and slide down our homemade "sledding hill". The dog did not need to stop every few feet and lick the ice crystals from between his pads. Yukon did not freeze his bald head.

It was a good day.

It would have been even better if I had been able to participate.
I have a big deadline, given to me yesterday and due Tuesday. The worst of it is that it is a resource guide for the Alpine Ski Championships this March.

Never try to write about something so delicious as skiing when there is fresh powder and sunshine beckoning...

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