Finally, spring is awakening in Breckenridge.
Snow is melted in town.
Streams and ponds are free of ice.
At our house, drifts remain.
Trails behind us are still snow covered.
However, each day brings more melting.
Of course, we won't be surprised if a snow storm arrives.
|Pasque Flowers (Pulsatilla) lift their heads to the sun|
Where ground is showing, perennials and wildflowers start to grow,
I'm amazed at their hardiness.
I hiked the River Trail this weekend.
The Blue is high but not over its banks.
There is still much snowmelt happening above 10,000' (3,000M).
The trees and bushes have buds but are not in leaf.
Fly fishing in our rivers is a popular sport.
That water is frigid -
people wear waders to enter it.
Today, we biked to Copper Mountain.
It was a difficult ride uphill - the wind was strong.
My body is still acclimating to altitude after our time at sea level.
This week we leave on a short journey.
We hope to bike Independence Pass outside of Aspen
before it opens to vehicles.
It will be a challenge for me!
I love this time in the mountains.
We're still showing winter, but
summer is just around the corner.
Birds are returning.
Sitting on the deck this afternoon,
I was startled by a hummingbird.
I looked out over the snowdrifts and watched it fly to my seed heads.
No nourishment there, so I put a small bowl of sugar water on the rail.
I can't leave any bird food outside because of awakening bears.
But while I relaxed, I could watch the hummer hover and feed.
My heart is happy at home in Breckenridge!