Sunflowers line the sides of the road up and down Little Cottonwood Canyon this time of year. The unofficial last day of summer passed a few days ago and we get that much closer to winter. Fires are burning all over the west and our thoughts and prayers go out to those affects by them.
The last solar eclipse visible from North America was in 1979. During coverage, ABC reporter Frank Reynolds said in reference to the next eclipse "...that will be 38 years from now. May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace." The next total eclipse for North America will be April 8, 2024. Challenge accepted...
Friday was a great day for a little hike up to Cecret Lake. There are still plenty of flowers up here and the views never get old. Please remember not to pick the flowers, stick to designated trails, and as always respect all the wildlife.
The wild flowers in Albion Basin are at their peak and are absolutely stunning. This photo was taken just as the sun was going down behind Mt Superior. Something to add to the bucket list if you haven't seen them before.
Joe Johnson and Drew Petersen shortly after finishing the Cirque Series race at Alta.
Drew's fun fact: "I can eat more burritos than Joe Johnson."
Joe's fun fact: "I adventure picnic way harder than Drew Petersen."
It's the first of July and we are starting to see some of those beautiful wildflowers starting to pop up around the ski area. Alta may be as lush as I have ever seen, with green as far as the eye can see. Soon the green will be accompanied by various blues, yellows, and reds. It's going to be quite a sight.
It's June 8th and just a little way down the road from Alta you can find the snow on the side of the road. Only at this time of year it's in a different state of matter. Our liquid snow is raging down the middle of Little Cottonwood Canyon. A reminder of just how much snow we got this season.
It can be a hard thing to watch the winter wonderland that is Alta begin to melt. However, new perspectives start to emerge from the changing landscape. This building, concealed all winter by snow, has recently poked its head out. The view of the town is changing. Suddenly the excitement of summer exploring hits as we start to realize there is much more beneath the snow that we haven't seen in months.
The ground squirrels are out and about, and the ski slope is now on shared time. Fun fact from the ladies in the ticket office, Uinta Ground Squirrels are also often referred to as "Potguts". We're not sure why, but it's fun to say.
This time of year the skiers at Alta start to emerge from their gore-tex layers and fat skis do dawn more festive apparel and straight skis. Closing day is creeping up and "frankly" it's hard to hide the excitement for closing weekend festivities.
There is no strict recipe for what we call "Alta Magic", but when you drop into Devil's Castle to find surprisingly soft turns, flurries happen out of nowhere, and the lighting goes bananas....well that will pretty much do it. Skier: Erika Klenk.
You have to feel a little bad for the ski lesson that has to try and pay attention with such an incredible view of Devil's Castle right behind them. Then again, they are skiing a beautiful bluebird day on a Monday...forget we said anything.
Here is a little lingo lesson. Into today's day in age, a common phrase for this scene from today would be "views for days". It was stunning today no matter where you were on the mountain. This view is from the Collins chair.