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  • Sunday, March 01, 2015

    Rare Indeed

    SIGHTS TO SEE
    Asphalt In February
    vehicles with skies locked out
    WEST ENTRANCE ROAD: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.

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    .. Despite rumors to the contrary; Yellowstone National Park is open year 'round. Access varies with the season and transportation varies with the snow conditions.
    
    ROOT OF THE GALLATIN MOUNTAIN RANGE
    .. Currently the west entrance is only allowing vehicles to enter that have motive power presenting "Rubber To The Road".
    .. This means that snowmachines, and other vehicles with metal skis, grousers, or cleats cannot enter the west entrance. Those vehicles, on the other hand, can enter the south and east entrance where snow still covers the road.
    .. Snowmobiles, van conversions, and vintage tour vehicles with skis are parked at Madison Junction for those visitors that prefer those modes of transport to Canyon, Norris, Lake, and other points in the interior of the park.
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    ..  Depending on the mountain range and exposure of our neighborhood snowtel stations we're showing somewhere between 70% and 84% of our seasonal mean snow pack. Not too terrible considering the warm spell we just endured.
    ELK AT 7-MILE BRIDGE
    .. Fishers and foresters are keeping a close watch on weather systems. Should Springtime bring warm rains in the coming weeks the snowpack will diminish considerably. Should the grasses grow rapidly in the absence of snow and should the Summer dry out there could be a precarious fire season. Fishers are constantly concerned about runoff, stream flow, and discharge rates. We'll keep you informed.
    .. These mild winters are easy on most wildlife. There are not too many elk with prominent displays of ribs, nor too many bison with slow gaits. Both predator and prey seem to be doing well. There are fish rising in the west side rivers and so far the shallows look to be deep enough to allow hatching and nursery habitation.
    .. We're headed up the road. It looks like some of the estuaries are open enough to allow legal fishing. If not then dances between the lakes will be entertaining.
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    WALLPAPER: HOE CAKES, HAM STEAK, BLACK EYED PEAS

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    Winter's Comfort

    WALLPAPER:  BUTTER NOODLES AND LANGONIZA RAGU

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Just Had To

    RARE FEBRUARY PHOTOS
    Mid Winter Warm-Up
    the bears are awake and shopping
    WALLPAPER:  MID WINTER SHOPPING SPREE

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    .. For the next two weeks or so the diurnal temperatures will, or should, climb to - or above the point of freezing. Scattered flurries of snow should continue and the sun should make an appearance. We're astounded and pleased.
    .. Maybe some fajitas on the BARBEE !!
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    WALLPAPER:  EMPTY FEBRUARY STREETS

    WALLPAPER:  GREENING GRASS

    WALLPAPER:  NOT YET OPEN
     
    WALLPAPER:  HOT OFF THE GRILL
     

    Don't Get Used To It

    A DRY VILLAGE
    Visitors In Shirt Sleeves
    even the fish are happy
    WALLPAPER:   360° DRY

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    .. It's mid February. It's nearing 50°. The roads in the village are dry. The Alleys are mud and drying. The fish have discovered a different photoperiod. The coyotes are horny. The grizzly bears are awakening. The ravens are paired up.
    .. It looks like Spring. It Feels like Spring. It acts like Spring.  Spring snows and rains are a major part of our water year. Look out Mable.
    ENTER YELLOWSTONE

    .. There is both joy and consternation in our village. Of course the neighbors enjoy the warm. The skiers have to walk to the trailhead instead of blocking all traffic lanes. The sledheads have to endure 5 or 6 blocks of muddy alleys to get to the mud of the forest and climb to the snow. Obsolete vehicles with skis for steering are not doing too well on the park roads.
    .. Time for a late breakfast.
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    WALLPAPER:  STEAK AND EGGS
     

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    The Depths Of Winter

    WHO'D 'UH' THUNK IT ?
    Records Falling Like Rain Drops
    fishing picks up - not on the ice
     
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    .. It's hard to fathom the depths of despair that the winter guides in Yellowstone National Park are encountering.
    .. It's easy to appreciate the joy in the neighborhood as the kids run to the river in shorts to catch lunker trout in these calm and sunlit days.
    .. See y'all later.
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    WALLPAPER: BISCUITS AND GRAVY

    Monday, February 09, 2015

    Föehn Tails Off

    SNOW PACK DIMINSHIED
    Runoff Increases
    neighbors retreat to kitchens
    MUDMOBILE

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    .. The warm dry winds pooped out late last night and have left dry pavement in their wake and the sledheads are forced to use the mud and slush alleys to navigate through town.
    .. A glance at the new snotel sites for the last few days tells the tale. We've lost 5% in the last nine days. More snow is needed to get us into the good zone for adequate summer stream discharge.
    .. We're suffering through some small dustings of intermittent, very light snow flurries and peak diurnal temperatures in the mid to high 30's. Trail muck runs from slimy, to slick, to goopy. Most of the neighbors have called off fishing for the moment and are staying warm by the wood stove in the kitchen.
    .. A couple of the neighbor kids went down to the Madison River between the lakes. Caught a few fish and reported on slow action, no midges, gusty winds, and ankle deep muck. No noses in the air, nymphs and buggers rule.
    .. We're going outside and watch the school kids splash in the puddles.
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    LASAGNA FOR KEN

    Saturday, February 07, 2015

    From Out Of The West

    GENTLE BREEZES  --  NOT!
    Scudding Clouds & Rustling Trees
    magical disappearance of snow
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    .. It started at about 4:00 AM. It was 35° F by 5:00 AM. by 11:00 AM the 10" hard snow pack on our streets, (reserved for snowmachine travel,) was just so much slush. The winds aloft were variable between 80 mph and 140 mph. Temperature in the village at 1:30 PM was above 46° F. It continues to blow.
    .. The trails to our neighborhood fishing spots are mucky with mud and slush  -  suspended on the surface by the frozen ground. The fish are possessed of a friendly demeanor and dancing with the goo-covered brave souls at the water's edge.
    .. Rain and some wet snow for the Sabbath. Get out the Seal Dry Waders.
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    WALLPAPER:  BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOARD