2010-03-26 21:17:15.000 – Mike Finnegan, IT Observer
A Game of Stump at Sunset
Spring is a very interesting time of year. We have already spoken of time change and the difference between the summit and the rest of the east coast (the summit stays on Eastern Standard Time, while elsewhere it is now Eastern Daylight Time). As I was on the summit for time change, I was quite surprised to see it light so late when I headed down to the valley, but quite happy about it too! The weather is also all over the place. Last Thursday, my girlfriend and I took a run down the Sherburne Ski Trail with excellent coverage and lots of soft snow to push around, then headed to Wildcat to ski lift-serve in a t-shirt. The following day, former State Park employee, Dustin, and I, got on some rock over on Cathedral. The wonderful springtime weather continued on into the weekend with a great St. Patrick’s Day gathering at a farm a great friend of mine works at. There it is lambing season meaning Nich has to wake up every few hours to go on checks to see if any new lambs have been born. At one day old, they are weighed. This little one rung in at 13.5 lbs. Of course, wee little sheep were not the only thing of interest. It is also sugaring season! For those not familiar with this wonderful tradition, it is the process of taking sap from sugar maple trees and boiling it down into maple syrup. Now we can fast forward to a few days later. As Ryan wrote in yesterday’s comment, we were unable to accomplish shift change on Wednesday due to dense fog, high winds, and blowing snow. Looking at things today, we are in full on winter conditions with temperatures dropping below zero and wind chills approaching 40 below. Of course, in just a few more days, we may well see some rain. I suppose the saying is true; if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes.
Mike Finnegan, IT Observer