Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Driggs Winter Scenes
Snowpack around Teton Valley, Idaho went from above average in early January, to below average by early February. Storms were generally going south of us, leaving the Driggs area with more sunshine than usual for this time of year. That's not necessarily a bad thing...it's always nice to take in these scenic vistas.
I took advantage of the clear skies to take Bridger on a couple of outings last week. After 11 years with Targhee, I'm still getting used to having a young dog with seemingly endless energy. He's absolutely unphased by 1,000-2,000 feet of climbing through deep snow, and especially fond of bounding back downhill with gravity. He actually sleeps for a couple of hours afterwards, too.
Joanne is kicking my butt on the skis this winter, but I managed to keep up on a nice Darby Canyon tour over the weekend. Bridger and I were happy to take a break for the camera here.
Clear nights create cold mornings, giving the Teton River a chance to show its geothermal properties. It's amazing this river stays unfrozen all winter, considering the frequent below-zero temperatures. I guess it's proof of our proximity to Yellowstone.
Snowstorms are moving in, time to hunker down and rebuild the snowpack again.