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It is mid Summer up on the hill and all the festivities and activities are in full swing. Most notable of late is the opening of the new Mountain Bike down hill trail in the Gad Valley, which boasts a 7 mile long descent. From my observations it is very challenging and is drawing a lot of excitement from the participants. Some of the exposures look like extreme entertainment. The Saturday night Fresh Air Concerts have been really excellent with national acts taking the stage. I have been making a concerted effort to get back to town to take advantage of these FREE concerts. Here is a shot of a good friend who surprised me as I had not seen her since the season ended. Everyone gets back when they can and you never know who will be there. That is what makes the Summer concerts so much fun. The nights have been quite warm, though being up on the hill is
a nice respite from the Valley heat. The Hiking and Wild Flowers are perfect this time of year with the Wild Flowers peaking in a big way. I had the opportunity to be Teleported to an undisclosed tropical location by the Arcturians to attend a conclave in the Morphogenic Fields. The Flowers are going off there as well. Here is a shot of the dense Bamboo that I found myself surrounded by as I came to my senses. I will never get used to those Teleport Trips, but it sure beats flying. Be sure to take advantage of these great events as we all wait for the next Season to come back around. Good progress is being done on the peak for the new structure being built there. I am looking forward to seeing how it develops. Remember, Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!
I am now back in the High Desert dealing with the Orion Problem that seems to be abating at this point, but this is no time to be caught napping. I wanted to take a minute to wish the Mountain Goddess ALTERIA a happy 50 th birthday. Her adventure suit may have taken 50 laps around SOL, but she, herself, is AGELESS. She brings joy to life and touches all who spend time in her presence. Here are two shots of Her Highness that capture her glowing spirit. Note how she just happens to be reading Snowbird Secrets. What she finds in those pages will help her, and you, find the open Portal to the VORTEX on this hill and any other you visit. Happy Birthday ALTERIA, speed safely on your Cosmic Journey. Peace Out!! END TRANSMISSION:
After spending some serious time studying the Emerald Tablets that are housed deep in the Earth, which is a days hike from the Trailer’s undisclosed location in the High Desert, and conferring with leaders of the Lyrian System, as well as the Andromedan Council, I needed to get back to the Hill to recenter. While there is still snow on the slopes, the hiking trails are freeing up, along with the newly created Mountain Biking trails. It won’t be long until the Wild Flowers are blooming all over the hill. Here are some shots of the remaining snow pack that is still holding on. The pack is still making it’s way back to the Big Cycle, but it will be hanging on a bit longer yet. Up on the peak, excavation has begun on the new peak facility that will be built over these next two years. I will be excited to see how it shapes up. All of the activities at the Base are in full swing, with a lot of families taking advantage of the cool clean air. Today was a technicolor day, with super blue skies that were unmarred by high altitude aerosol geo engineering, which is always a problem for all of us. Here is a shot of the beginning of the excavation happening up on the Peak. No matter the season, it is great to soak up the energy that is oozing out of the hill at all times. I will be returning to the High Desert again for further study and sojours to Deep Space, but that is where I live. Don’t forget the Saturday night free concerts that are happening every week, where great bands are bringing some great sounds to the Canyon. Ciao for NOW!!
I drove down from the High Desert to get some errands accomplished and get supplies for the next stretch of Cosmic Living. I have been sweating it up recently, but coming back to the Valley I encountered Winter like storm conditions. Up on the hill the Essence was making a late accumulation, which seemed to send the Powder Signals around the world. Here is a shot from my friend Ginnymarie, who lives on the Canyon Road up at Alta. This is the accumulation on her porch this afternoon. It is still raining here in the Valley, so it is still happening up on the Hill. The Summer activities have begun up at the resort, with the Tram operating, the Mountain Coaster, and all the other activities that are offered. Don’t forget to visit the Forklift for the great hospitalityand great food. I have a couple more days here before I head back up to the High Desert, so perhaps I can get some better shots of this late Essential event. Stay Frosty!!
I am off to the High Desert to set up the Trailer in it’s Summer location. Already, the volume of pressure to download the TRANSMISSIONS is prompting me to get the antenna array up and running in short order. On the way out of town I stopped to say goodbye to the CHEF, who was working in his garden, which is coming up rapidly. It probably has something to do with the 70 gallons of used coffee grounds he put in the soil. Here is a shot of the CHEF himself, as he was dealing sternly with the weeds. They don’t have much chance when he is on the case. Here is also a shot of the Rhubarb that was being highlighted by the setting Sun. These are some of the biggest leaves I have ever seen. I will be sneaking back to town now and again to check out the hill, so check back for updates on the Summer festivities. Peace Out!!
The last day of the season was a celebration of life as evidenced by the ebullient energy of the faithful who showed up to send the snow pack back to the BIG CYCLE. Here is a shot of the snow pack that is still on the hill as it is now in full retreat down the canyon. Out in Mineral Basin, the Groomers were offering sweet sorbet for the light traffic that was on hand for the opening bell. Folks began to arrive in droves as the morning warmed up and the hill became a bit more crowded. There were great costumes on the hill and the energy was high for this festive day. Here are two shots of my favorite costumes that I saw. There were so many great examples I was blown away. As the day came to a close, there was pond skimming up on Lower Anderson’s Hill, where it was wet and wild. Down on the Plaza Hectic Hobo and Two and a Half White Guys were providing the groove for the partying folks. Here is a shot of the scene on the deck as the band was rocking the crowd. Also, as part of the last day Celebration, was a fund raiser for the Sherpas of Nepal who were killed in the Everest avalanche. The Plaza was jammed with folks and it was a great send off for the season. I want to thank all the folks who follow my site and wish you all a safe and fun Summer. I will be getting the Trailer ready for the trip to it’s Summer spot at the undisclosed location in the high desert where I will continue my investigations into the arcane and Hyperdimensional realms. I will be posting about the Summer happenings and developments on the hill. Stay Frosty!!
The clouds had moved off for the most part as the system moved East, leaving only a few stragglers. The Sun shine was a welcome sight, making the dance floor shine with all the added water from the rain. Here is a shot of Powder Paradise, which had been given a very nice till for the morning crew. The corn was prime for the very first run, and consistent turns felt luxurious top to bottom. Traffic was light for the first part of the morning, but folks began rolling in as the morning progressed. Regulator had a bit of a breakable crust on it that made it a bit tricky until the traffic broke the lens, after which the sugar was delightful. It was a very festive day with folks arriving in costume and flair to celebrate these last days of the season. The melt off is obvious now, but the cover remains good top to bottom, however, you will have to be aware of the changes. Here is a shot taken from the chair that seems something of a Non Sequitur. Tomorrow, look for another great day to get the last of the season. There will be lots of fun, and a bit of pond skimming on lower Anderson’s Hill, which has a small opening to the water. Entertainment is on tap on the Plaza, so be sure to hang out for the Plaza Party. Here is a shot of the fun, with Backwash providing the groove for the folks. See you there for the early runs and the best of the day. Syrup won’t stop ‘EM!!
The rain was rapping on the skin of the Trailer this morning as I got up to head up the hill. I seriously thought about sleeping in, but I rallied and was on first chair at 8:00AM. Here is a shot of the very few of the faithful who were on deck for the opening bell. Up on the hill it was not raining at all for the first hour, but it was cold and threatening with some visibility issues. Mineral Basin had much better visibility and was offering some very nice sugar on the groomed runs that felt luxurious and fast. Moving to the front side of the hill, Regulator was feeling just as consistent, as the Grooming Crew had put a fresh till on the dance floor. The Road to Provo was also very smooth and consistent, and I was glad that I had made the effort to get up there for the morning session. Rain began to fall around 9:30 AM and really seemed to be filled in wall to wall, at which point I headed for the Forklift Chair to see how it would shake out. I bailed after a lovely breakfast and hoped tomorrow would be more reasonable. Tomorrow, look for much improved weather as the storm has moved off here and the skies are clearing. Look for the Groomers to be offering the goods, but the off trail may take a while to soften if the temps are cooler in the AM. Be aware of some of the melt off on some of the main runs, but for the most part the coverage is still excellent. Dress for a cool morning and be there early for the best of the day. IBBY!
The Tram is down for the weekend, and the Peruvian Chair was fired up to access Mineral Basin and the Peak. Out in Mineral Basin, White Diamonds had been given a fresh till, which was just right to start things off. I kept lapping that sorbet delight until the lower part of the run got a bit soft. The Road to Provo had also been given a fresh till, which also was a delight. The melt off during the week did affect some of the exposures, so it got a bit tight in the choke going into the Goblin Gully section, so slow the roll going around that big left hand round house turn there. Regulator broke around 9:30AM, where the granular goodness was downright perfect. Here is a shot of the untracked sweet sugar consistency that was on tap there. It was so good I just kept doing laps until the traffic got busy. Upper Peruvian Gulch opened off the Peruvian Express, with the off trail offering a back country experience complete with sun cupped surfaces, but with a nice soft feel. It had a bit of rumble going on, but it felt good to get the extra terrain. Tomorrow, look for more great conditions on the hill, so be sure to get there early for the best of the day. The first three hours get the best results. The lower mountain is still good to go, but watch the sections near the shrubberies and rock bands where you might punch through. Here is another shot of the Twins and Little Cloud still holding the great cover. Syrup won’t stop ‘EM!!
There was High Energy here at the Trailer yesterday, and High Energy up on the hill as the faithful were squeezing the juice out of the last days of the season. Mineral Basin was primed and ready for the morning crew, with White Diamonds offering a steep, smooth, sorbet feel from the word go. Folks were putting the hammer down as the conditions there were just right to let it fly. Here is a shot I took of the goods there, and you can see the trenches left by a Carvesaurus Rex that indicate a total commitment to the fall line. Nice!! I chose to squeeze as much of the sorbet flavor that I could, as these turns will have to last through the Summer. The Front Side of the hill had frozen up a bit, and needed a while to break, but when it did the consistency was sweet. There was a lot of traffic on the hill, but there were no lines at all and max vertical was easy to rack up. There is still a lot of snow on the hill top to bottom, and next weekend will provide a solid base to work with. It will be no problem accessing the bottom of the hill, and the Cat Tracks still have ample cover. Last year I had to hike some of the very lowest sections, but this year will offer no issues. We might see some weather this week, so I am expecting to, perhaps, see some re surfacing of the pack. Here is a shot of the Corn Goodness I was mining yesterday out in the far reaches where the perfection was all time sweet. See you for next weekend’s festivities, and in the mean time I will be dealing with the Orion issue that cropped up yesterday. I will have to enlist the assistance of some of my Galactic Federation friends to set them straight. No worries. IBBY!!