Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mud Season

April and May are often referred to as "mud season" here in Driggs, Idaho. This year has taken that moniker to a whole new level, with nearly endless rain and snow for the past six weeks. Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole ski areas closed for the season over four weeks ago; backcountry snowpack is unstable due to warming temperatures; foothill trails are still under snow; in short, we're stuck in recreation limbo until summer weather decides to appear...which is looking like June this year.

Long-time locals typically choose this time of year for escapes to the desert southwest.  Why not enjoy some sunshine, dry trails, and weather warm enough for shorts & sandals in Southern Utah or Arizona, while Teton Valley slowly transitions out of winter?  We did, and it was good. 

Mountain biking in St. George.

Swimming in Lake Mead.

Hiking in Tucson.
Golf in Sedona. 
It required a little driving time, but the resulting Vitamin D was absolutely worth it.
Now, back in Driggs, we are patiently awaiting this...soon.

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