Friday, January 18, 2013

Even farmers need a little R&R

Geese rise to the sun, top.
Skis sink into virgin snow. above.

The geese were thick across the street, spending the night and most of the day in one of the rice fields. They jabber all night long and you can hear them clearly if you open a door. Sometimes it's even annoying! But when I stopped at the gate, dug out my camera and walked across the street to grab a photo of this amazing assemblage it seemed to interrupt their conversation and the next thing some of them were swirling into the sky. It happens that I was at the gate to head up to the Sierra for a little X-C skiing in Hope Valley, Alpine County. Anyone who enjoys this sport should make this stop and right now there is a very thick blanket of virgin snow accessible up there. If you've never tried it, head up there now, corner of Highways 88 & 89, known as Pickett's Junction. Call ahead to find out conditions. Joyce is the sole operator at 530-721-2015.

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