We seem to have gone directly from winter to summer. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
It warmed up so quickly this week that when spring runoff began the Arkansas River went the river's version of zero-to-sixty in about 3 days.
Yesterday morning the DM and I wandered down to the river before heading over the Continental Divide to Gunnison and Crested Butte for the day. It turns out we must have been there for the peak runoff moment.. At about 8:15 yesterday morning the flow was 3500 cfs (cubic feet per second).
This chart (from the Colorado Division of Water Resources) is interesting, but I think a photo tells a good story, too, don't you?
Yes, there's usually a paved trail under the bridge.
We shot a little video... let's see if I can figure out how to put it up here.... (Where have my Blogger video upload controls gone? The "new, improved" post editor doesn't seem to have them anymore. Sigh.)
Okay, here it is! The view upriver from on top of the F Street Bridge. (Looking the opposite direction from the photo above.)
Today, the unofficial first day of summer, we left the river and went instead up the mountain... a goodly hike up a portion of the Colorado Trail from the Angel of Shavano trailhead. I love this portion of trail... once you make the initial climb it undulates easily through mixed coniferous stands, broad aspen groves, and open, damp meadows. Perfection!
We ended up being out longer than expected, so tonight we've headed to our respective corners to catch up with online tasks and prepare for another busy week ahead. Between my schedule and David's I'm fairly certain we do not have a free weekend now until some time in mid-September! The calendar looks ominous, but I'm clinging to the belief that we'll find at least a day or two in there to run away from home again.