June life

The snow is melting quick at the local hill, but for now it's skiing great. Took a couple laps before getting back to business this afternoon – the corn snow delight continues. We're moving into mid-June, yet the local snowfield is holding up amazingly well. There will be quality turns available way up high into early August I suspect. Great to go ski in shorts and t-shirt and casually stroll along, watching summer take hold.  The angry mountain, which in December and January feels like the arctic, is treating us to beach-like conditions these days. A nice four days of very local skiing before a work cycle and the changing of the guard back to bikes and the sea of green. 

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Yesterday evening, after the heat abided for the day, we hiked up to the overlook and watched a flock of swallows dancing in the wind, chasing bugs, darting every which way in a controlled chaos. It looked like they would crash any second, slamming into the ground or the ever-present telephone poles, but they always managed to turn directions at the last moment. It was sort of poignant watching the natural spectacle around the creations of humans – wires, homes and roads – and I'm not sure why. You get the feeling that nature would do just fine without us in the mix.

Life abounds all around – dandelions, grasses, sedges, wasps, mosquitoes, flies, ants, raven, hawk, doves, rabbits, moose, deer and fox all seen in the last 24 hours. Nature's busy right now – she has to pack in all her work during a short time frame here in the high mountains. Earliest sunrise of the year takes place in two days, June 14th,  at 5:31 am.

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