Feelings of June

2008-06-01 20:42:39.000 – Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer

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June 1st. For many, this brings a feeling of absolute summer. For those in school, vacation has already begun or is very near. Outdoor activities include paddling, climbing on rocks that are not so cold, and hiking without eroding the trails. Back in Burlington, VT there will be talented street performers who I can give a few dollars to and in the NEK there will be field parties accompanied by fire flies/lightening bugs. Music can be played outside. Yup, summer is pretty great – it just hasn’t moseyed its way up to the summit yet…

The past couple days can pretty much be summed up in one word. Fog. Dense, wet fog that limits ones visibility to less than 40 feet at times and can chill you right to the bone when a good breeze comes along, which is pretty much all the time. I was down near the cog tracks today – near enough that given the right trajectory of the wind, I could probably have spit on it. I could hear the whistle blowing and the cog chugging along down the tracks towards us but on by it went, myself never catching a glimpse of it. So I turned around and walked with Wayne and Scott across the road and down some rocks to the East Snowfields. Summer is great…but not as sweet as skiing in the east in June. Conditions were still good after nearly three quarters of an inch of rain yesterday, with a surface of corn snow interspersed with harder, icier patches. The slope ran all the way down to Alpine Gardens and a solid boot pack ran up on skier’s right. We took a few runs, after which I had to come back to work they had to find their third sport of the day (they had already been scuba diving earlier that morning!)

I apologize for the lack of pictures, but if you want a pretty accurate depiction, hang a light grey sheet on a wall and walk backwards with a spray bottle in one hand and a fan in the other. That should do pretty well.

 

Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer

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