Tuesday, May 17, 2011

time to flood?

Just got a report for water and boating conditions on the Swan River, the Wild Mile to be exact. FAST! And with water likely to continue rising until the Whitewater Fest, it could be crazy. I remember a number of years ago when conditions were similar, and the spillover dam got bombarded with a load of down timber that broke thru the upper barricade and down over the dam. Those in the water were in dire peril, but no one that I know of got hurt. That is a pretty wild section anyway, so typically only top-notch boaters go there, but this year could be one of those years people get scared.

A birdie told me plowing on the Going to the Sun road is going very slowly, with little expectation of an opening in June. This has only happened once or twice in the past. Apparently, the road crew does not really read the avalanche report, but goes on older, much more scientific reports. Like “the weather will be warm and sunny this afternoon”. That means certain avalanche conditions. But not really until “this afternoon”. Think they could maybe get something done by noon or one? The road crews are still more likely to trust “spotters” than forecasts. A spotter literally sits below the workers and stares all day at known avy paths. If something happens, he yells out and calls quickly into his radio. Something like this might be heard, “oh shit, cover your head and take a big breathe, we’re both about to get…..” I love old school.

So biking has been great. Plenty of water on most trails in puddles and over full wetlands to help keep the dogs cool. The Whitefish Trail is in great shape, and sounds like the initial work is just about to begin for new trail this summer. I would guess we would have another 5 miles by August. A good early season ride for some real mountain feel is Beardance down south of Bigfork. Should be ready but no word yet.

And for those of you who have not started your garden yet, it is time. It is a late year, and no reason to despair if you are not in the ground yet. There is still plenty of time to get everything in. For more info, I now have a website for my gardening business, www.millerstillers.com . I plan to do a discussion page, next on my morning agenda, to talk about things to do. Take a look and get in the dirt and grow some of your own food or make your home more beautiful.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

the good part of spring

yes, we are in that time frame where everything is on, well, maybe not epic high mountain bike rides, but all else.
okay, the fly fishing is not at the top of its game, but nymphing should be okay for a long time. ask about at your favorite sports stores and fishing shops for more info, but i know the infatutuated ones are getting out.
biking has been great. tacky trails that are mostly cleared of snow. although pig farms could use a ton of clearing due to winter logging. if anyone is still reading this, i will post a potential unofficial gathering to help chuck brush, if we get one put together.

skiing is of course, still on. i did hike up the hill yesterday am, and found the top half nothing short of brutal. not quite re-frozen. hiking was slick and seemed like trail breaking with an unsupporting crust. and the skiing up high was difficult and dangerous. and with my dog who only understands going as fast as possible, under my feet, it was even tougher. usually i can just speed up, but with a crust layer, going fast was not my best option.

by the way, a very nice resort security guy drove by as i was preparing to leave the car, and mentioned the USFS has had a presence up there this spring and ARE writing tickets for dogs off leash. so at least have one ready. he said he could care less about the base area, what with no one there, but was just giving me a warning.

trail runners should be happy right now. cool days and dry trails.

but swimmers are still likely indoors, unless they are the super hardy type, more usually found on the coasts where they have nothing better to do.

okay, i am heading up the Bike Patrol, for the Whitefish Trail, and am actively looking for volunteers. please call me at 862 4281 or email at stilltelecm@yahoo.com

lastly, started up a website for my gardening business, if anyone has a need or knows someone with a need. www.millerstillers.com take a look.

and get out and play. later.