Spring In The Mountains

July 4th might seem like the middle of summer to most, but in the mountains in the PNW, on a normal year, it is barely the start of spring. And there is nothing quite like stepping out of your van and it is 42° out. I’ll take that. Also helps when one drives up into the clouds…..

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Which brings a point: That for every 1,000 feet you go up in elevation, it should go down by 3.5°. Meaning, at 5400 feet it is roughly 5,000 feet higher than where I live, so 17° cooler. And that is exactly why I love living close to the mountains. Only on rare days is it warmer up high (inversions).

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The boys being cheesy at one of Tipsoo Lakes. This year is normal for snow, unlike last year, when we had a drought/6 month heat wave.

For example…this was JUNE 28th 2015:

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No snow, spring long gone and frantically running into summer, with flowers everywhere.

And July 4th 2016:

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Snow, you were missed last year!

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Yesterday, the first Western Anemones were popping up, covered in rain & dew drops.

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Rosey Spirea just opening as well.

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I love hiking in the clouds. It quiets everything, and even in the front country, you feel like you are deep in the wilds.

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Thinking Mountain Goldenrod? Just starting to open.

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And I love the feeling of a subalpine lake that feels like it could be a sea.

Another week or two, summer will arrive, the insects will wake, but for now, it was a wonderful chilly day.


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