Monday, February 27, 2017

Driggs Winter Musings

Several times in the last few weeks, people from way outside Teton Valley, Idaho have asked about my blog & when I'll be doing another post. I've had a bad case of life & blog inertia this winter, but finally feel motivated to get this Livin' in Driggs train rolling again.

What a winter it has been. Fall was so brilliant & long that not many of us were expecting record snowfall in Idaho this year...but it has happened. Boise, Twin Falls, Ketchum, Stanley, Burley, Pocatello, Challis, Idaho Falls, Montpelier, and everywhere in between has been absolutely hammered. City & county snow removal crews have been working almost non-stop since mid-December, roads have been treacherous, and avalanche incidents have been downright scary. Suffice it to say that reservoirs will be full this summer, and spring flooding could be significant throughout southern Idaho. Fingers are crossed for a gradual warm-up.

The upside of being buried in snow is incredible backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding...and anything else with "snow" involved. The downside: driving, shoveling, walking, and not much color beyond gray & white. 

I am fortunate to have a job that allows me to work remotely during a portion of the winter months - I just need a high-speed connection & a good frame of mind. So, I've headed south to thaw-out a couple of times, and it has been awesome...but re-growing a winter coat upon returning is a challenge. I'm still debating what the best long-term winter strategy really is. 

Meanwhile, a Teton Valley "winter in photos" recap:

Dinner with siblings, nieces & nephews in West Yellowstone over the holidays.

Teton Canyon fatbiking - I mean, those views!

Henderson Canyon snowshoeing, with my good longtime friend Mac. 

Cross-country skiing at Teton Springs.

Snowbiking on Grand Targhee's stellar groomed trails.

And of course, some colorful sunsets.

Here's to the home stretch. Days are getting longer, baseball spring training has started, March Madness is right around the corner...and soon we'll be seeing some green around here.