1/28/2007

Pueblo Mountain Park's Icy Canyon




All the snow and winter cold has turned the park's Devil's Canyon into a world of ice. I snowshoed into the canyon about 10 days ago with my 3-year old grandson Jude, his first time ever on snowshoes. He walked about 85% of the way to the canyon (and fell about 85 times, most of them intentionally). Although big for his age, he's still a little guy, and the hike in pretty much wiped him out. I carried him about 95% of the way out. Anyway, the canyon was amazing, with massive amounts of frozen water in all sorts of configurations decorating the canyon's walls. Large icicles (we hiked up to one - very awesome), frozen waterfalls... I did not have my camera, so I made a point of snowshoeing in the next day with my camera. Here are a few photos that I took that day (taken Jan. 18 or 19, I believe).
This is my 31st winter in Beulah, and it is turning out to be one of the best for x-country skiing and snowshoeing. The consecutive storms and chilly temps have created an excellent base...hopefully, this will all last. I've measured 97" of snow so far this winter. Over 20" more than last winter, and less than 20" away from an average winter's entire snow total. With a normal amount of snow in March and April (statistically, March and April are number one and two in snowfall - we'll have to wait and see what these months bring) and winter 2007 will go into the books as well above average. Yes, we're still very much in winter, and I'm enjoying it, but I'm also thinking about wildflowers, because all this snow should translate into a great wildflower season this spring and summer.
So, this is the first time I've "blogged." The MPEC's great computer tech (Board Member Greg Smith) and my brilliant wife (Board Member Helene Van Manen) convinced me that an MPEC Blog will be a great way to share stories and happenings, so here we go... Let me know what you think, share your own stories, comments, sightings, photos.
Now a blogger, Ranger Dave

1 comment:

Derek Townley said...

Hi Dave,
Keep up the blog - it looks good. I can't wait to hear more about MPEC.