Sunday, January 22, 2012

blacktail plateau ski

We've been MIA because we've been busy not doing things in the snow...this past week, while the rest of the country was dumped on with snow, we've had 40 degree weather and RAIN. Everywhere you go around here all anyone is talking about is snow, as in "want it, need it."

It's still possible to find snow here on the northern range, though conditions are not ideal. Blacktail had just enough snow and minimal wind, though I was skiing in a long-sleeve shirt and pants: no hat, no long underwear, no jacket.

Send snow. Please.

Monday, January 2, 2012

turning the page

The last day of 2011 was clear and bright in Yellowstone, with a dusting of fresh snow (finally!). The Canyon wolf pack took down an elk in the early hours of the morning, and were visible for many visitors not far from the road. Electric Peak was covered in snow, under blue skies.

I'm not one for making resolutions, but I've always loved the new year and the feeling of a fresh start that it brings. We're also beginning this year in a new apartment, living outside of the park for the first time in two years (more on that later), hence another fresh change.

The first day of 2012 was cloudy and crisp, but we took advantage of the late afternoon sun to go for a walk in the Absaroka Wilderness across from our new place.

We now live at the base of Yankee Jim Canyon, right in the middle of the valley down below, with the Yellowstone River in our backyard.

Happy New Year!