Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wish Granted

Like clockwork, as soon as I complained about lack of winter last week, it arrived. The storm moved in Sunday night, and snowed into the lunch hour Monday. About 6" in the valley, and a foot of much-needed white gold at Grand Targhee ski area. By Tuesday afternoon, this was the view from just north of Driggs. We enjoyed four consecutive bluebird days this week, and then another system moved in Friday evening. We are now hunkered down for what looks to be a week of frigid cold temperatures, with highs in the single digits and lows below zero. Did I really wish for this? :-)

Eyes slowly adjust to gray & white days, bodies scramble to find winter coats, and with Christmas just a week away, minds are racing to make final holiday plans. It's been an absolutely crazy year for most of us - economically, politically, emotionally. Because of that, I'm looking forward more than ever to some great family & friend get-togethers in the coming weeks. Ultimately, that's what it's all about.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


It's starting to feel like we may have used all of our allocated Teton Valley, Idaho snow last spring, when the white stuff kept falling well into June. I try not to wish for snow too often in Driggs, because next thing I know we're buried in it for months and I'm crying "uncle" and dreaming of tropical beaches. But, man, it's December 7 now and there's barely a skiff of snow in the valley. It's just wrong. Ski areas and snowmobile trails throughout the entire western U.S. need some big storms, soon.

On the positive side, we've had some absolutely incredible sunsets lately. With the sun so far to the south this time of year, and mid-level clouds in the evenings, the entire sky just lights up like an iridescent orb, framed by mountains in every direction. The beauty is heart-stopping...enveloping the whole valley like a final warm embrace, building brilliantly and then fading gracefully, leaving you humbled, happy and glowing.

Even Bridger pauses to take it all in, smiling. He'll smile even more when the snow starts piling up.

Here's a photo I took last year at this time. Let's hope Teton Valley has a similar white look by the time I make my next blog post.