Craig's Report - June 22, 2007
And Now It is Summer
Much of June has been a soggy affair, but the last few days have lived up to the solstice's claim to be the start of summer. It was gorgeous on the mountain today and that lured my camera and me up a bit farther than my normal stair master routine takes me, which seemed reason enough to post some pictures and a report. You can still find quite a bit of snow on the mountain, but you have to be prepared to climb to find it, for while there are a few patches farther down, significant amounts are now only found above the tops of the Bear and Timber chairs.
I saw the mother and cub I mentioned in my last report again a couple of weeks later and then had to detour around the cub a couple of days ago. Mama was not in evidence during this last encounter and it is possible this little fellow has now been sent to conquer the world on his own. The presence of these guys, as well as coming across what seemed to be an unusual amount of bear scat all over the mountain, has encouraged me to walk rather than bike for exercise, but in a week the lifts will open for the summer biking season and I imagine most larger critters will flee for quieter bowls. The trail crews look to have been busy putting up signs and getting trails ready for the bikers, but there is also what appears to be a daunting amount left to do in just a week.
There is not a lot else to report from the hill, but next weekend does also bring a new summer music festival (see http://www.ferniefest.com) as well as the usual host of Canada Day festivities.
At 17:45 it is mainly sunny and 24 C at the house.