Archive for January, 2010

Cold Winter AM

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Looks like -6′ here this morning. That’s ok, it’s the end of January so we are near the bottom of the winter cold. Usually, something like January 10 through February 10 is the coldest part of winter. Other than the early part of January, it hasn’t been that cold again this year. Being below O’ on the overnight is not an unusual event for this time of year. But, for the last 10 years or so, our winters don’t get that cold anymore and below O is no longer the norm for this time of winter. Around 5 or 6 years ago, Lake George never completely froze over. That was a first time event in local recorded history. And, 2 years later, again Lake George did not completely freeze. Don’t know if it’s Al Gore’s global warming, but winter is just not what I remember it to be. I went to Florida 2 weeks ago for a couple of days to visit w/my bro who lives in Vero. They had a record breaking hard freeze for them which made the news for damage to their crop. The day I got there, it was in the 50s to 40s overnight. You could see the damage in the lawns, the palms and other vegetation from the cold which lasted almost 2 weeks I believe. By the time I left, it warmed to near 80. Weather was pleasant for the most part and even spent part of a morning hanging at a beach with a few beers in the cooler, taking in a few rays, watching some fishermen and rain showers off shore. I’ll post up a couple of pics of the beach.

Bro Richard

Bro Richard

Off shore rain

Off shore rain

All the fishermen

All the fishermen

Rain heading to the north

Rain heading to the north

Rain coming onshore and time to pack-up for lunch at Squidlips.

Rain coming onshore and time to pack-up for lunch at Squidlips.

Skiing Today

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

It’s a gorgeous morning so I went to the local hill for some quality time outdoors and some skiing. The local hill is pretty much as it was when it opened back in the 60’s. It still has it’s original 3 chair lifts – 2 doubles and 1 triple. Nope, there are no high speed quads here, just some throw-back skiing that Warren Miller always used to like to show in his ski movies (back when Warren Miller movies were actually produced and voiced-over by Warren Miller) . I remembered my camera so I’ll upload some pics for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately we are expecting rain late Sunday and Monday which will set the ski conditions back. It has not been a snowy winter and the ski slopes in the North East have had to rely mainly on the man-made stuff. Hopefully the weather will recover to provide us with some quality ski conditions for the next couple of months, or what’s the point of being up in the North Country during the Winter. Otherwise, should just move south like my older bro did. Later I’ll post up some pics from a quick visit I did last week to Vero Beach, Florida for a visit w/bro Richard for some quality brother-time.

The Double Chair

The Double Chair

The Base Area of West Mt.

The Base Area of West Mt.

About half way up

About half way up

At the top of the lift. There were only 2 os us on the mountain this morning for first tracks:-)

At the top of the lift. There were only 2 os us on the mountain this morning for first tracks:-)

About half way down, looking East.

About half way down, looking East.

At the half-way point looking North toward Lake George.

At the half-way point looking North toward Lake George.

I hope you enjoyed your morning today, I did!

I hope you enjoyed your morning today, I did!