Thursday, June 2, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

This past weekend marked our 16th Memorial Day weekend here in Driggs. In true Idaho style, we typically get one or two relatively nice days, a day of rain, and a day of snow. Like clockwork, it happened once again.

I kicked things off with a classic road bike ride up to Grand Targhee on Saturday. It was supposed to be a rainy afternoon, but the weather held and made for an awesome day on the bike.

I never tire of this view.

Alas, Sunday we awoke to 2" of snow on the ground. With my big Boise Ironman 70.3 Triathlon coming up, I decided to make it a swim day.  Thanks to good friends Jon & Audrey, I was able to stay local and swim at Teton Springs outdoor pool in Victor. It has been open since May 1, is heated nicely, and is simply a beautiful setting. Not bad

Dreary weather continued on holiday Monday, but we stayed happy with a power hike followed by a good friend's birthday party. Notice from this photo: we really don't even have leaves on the trees yet here in Teton Valley; it's gonna be a short summer.

Of course, as soon as the long weekend ended, the sun emerged.  "Spring" runoff is going strong over in the Big Hole mountains, on the valley's west side. This photo is North Pine Creek, which was raging when I hit the road for work on Tuesday.  It's near one of our favorite mountain biking areas; clearly, we might be a month away from dry trails and summer riding conditions.

Meanwhile, runoff hasn't even begun yet on the bigger Teton (east) side of the valley. Yikes. I'm sure one of my next blog entries will involve photos of water...lots of it. 

Happy June!

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