Monday, February 27, 2012

Febre Larry

It's my un-favorite month, and this year it comes with a whole extra day! An extra 3.5% of February. Super size me!

Oh what the heck, we have to have un-favorites in order to make for a greater appreciation of our favorites. February is the hard one for me because it's the last part of the winter grind. March is the winter month when things start to warm up and get lighter. And it's right around the corner.

But even this harsh February gave me some good stuff. My boy Tigg has now been in his new perfect home for 8 days. A recent report tells me that he is happy, settled, and welcomed by his new home buddy Whisky.


I got a two-weekend fencing project finished yesterday. No pictures of the finished project, but I could take some pictures of my hands and you'd see clear evidence of why office rats should probably just hire people to do their home projects. Not to worry, I'll heal up soon.

And then there's mountain biking. Not much, but a little. Got up on the the Arkansas Hills Trail System Saturday and yesterday and dodged mud holes for a while.

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Some pretty nice trail, wending its way through khaki-colored february flora

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Standing water on Sand Dunes at the intersection with Backbone

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Looking across at the Tenderfoot Trail, soon to be 6 years old!

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This is the story of February 2012 weather--dry except where there is shade.

There's a storm circling in right now, maybe it will shut down all this Salida singletrack again until well into March. But if the recent pattern is any predictor it will just blow cold wind at us and make us remember it's still winter even though it looks nice out.


Shane said...

Wow! Now much of a winter look there. I assume this is rather unusual for it to be this dry? (FWIW - if you're missing your snow we keep getting it here in the foorhills)

Tom Purvis said...

Shane, it's actually not unusual. Salida is very arid. Average annual precip here is about 10", Tucson, AZ has about 12" annually. Last winter even when the local mountains and Monarch Ski Area had a huge amount of snow, we literally could ride bikes on these trails every day of the winter.

We are spoiled. A few little muddy patches make us cranky.

Matt said...

Tom! Glad to see you back blogging again...I need to check in more often. Man I get so jealous of those Salida winter rides. Ive got to make it over soon for a Cottonwood ride.