Sunday, January 6, 2008
New Snow, New Year
First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year's. It's been a couple of weeks since my last entry (sorry), but you know how it goes during the holidays. One get-together leads to another, one family visit to another...not to mention in-laws and traveling. Good times and good memories.
The snow continues to fall here in Driggs, and Teton Valley has been a winter wonderland. My good friend Jere sent me this photo yesterday, his wife Deb waving in the midst of a fresh foot on their driveway over the weekend. A couple more storms are moving in this week, so it should continue piling up.
The snow and wind blew us south, first to Salt Lake and a few days with family over Christmas. Here's Christmas morning with mom, dad, Lisa and Tyler. It's great to catch up with parents, siblings, cousins and friends over the holidays, especially with people spreading out all over the country these days. Touching base seems to renew a nice sense of groundedness in all of us.
Eventually, we landed in Tucson for New Year's with friends. The flight from Salt Lake took us directly over the Grand Canyon, and we managed a few photos. Incredible sight, to say the least. Viewing it reminds you of your very small place in the grand scheme of things.
Tucson is quite a contrast from Driggs any time of year, but especially now. Saguaro, Prickly Pear and Ocotillo replace Aspen, Lodgepole and Fir. Snow, sleds, skiing and sub-zero temps give way to blue sky, red dirt and green grass. Mountain bikes, hiking shoes and golf clubs beckon. We did our best to spread the love.
If you ever find yourself in the desert southwest, check out the 800-mile long Arizona Trail. It stretches from the Mexican border in the south to the Utah border in the north. We rode several sections, and it absolutely rocked. Just outside Tucson, a metro area of one-million people, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. I love that feeling.
I'm all about fun in the snow, but you quickly get used to 70-degree, bluebird Tucson days. Here I am in Tucson Mountain Park, digging it.
Our good friend John runs an awesome Tucson-based guide service: Southwest Trekking. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, adventuring...he'll lead the way, and you'll have fun.
Back in Driggs, looking out at the snow, winter adventures are being planned. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, Happy 2008!