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.