I often say that the best part of any day is the sunrise and today was yet again proof, I am right in my own mind. Trying to sleep last night was tough, my mind swirling around, just how much snow was Kirkwood blessed with during this seemingly unexpected system… It’s early and we all know that, but there is something about a first snow that drives that passion to boil inside of our collective soul.
As a Kirkwood a·fi·ci·o·na·do I felt compelled to go get some footage this morning, and I got some banger’s for sure. As I tossed last night listening to the seemingly non-stop rain at lake level I set my agenda, be up at the crack of dawn, Cup:O:Joe in hand, Sakima by my side and off to Kirkwood we would go… Yep, it all happened just like that!
It’s 5am – My eyes pop open, sit up and scan the surrounding peaks from the Cooper-Reuter Hippie Haus, Snow! Next steps - a strong Cup:O, Camera, Sakima, Keys and we’re off! As we cross over Luther Pass I cannot keep my eyes of the Carson Pass in the distance, at last glance she was completely barren of snow… This morning with the early morning sun catching her just right my heart begins to pound and the first real thoughts of winter hit home!
Above: Carson Pass view from Junction of SR89 & SR88.
Below: Hope Valley on this amazingly beautiful Sunday morning.
Junction of SR89 & SR88 - the first “Chain Control” of the season has been mandated! Being a card carrying Subaru holder, I don’t even blink, our mission, capture first snow footage @KirkwoodMtn! Below are the images of Kirkwood on Sept 21st 2013..
View from SR88 with Caples Lake in the foreground:
A frosty looking Caples Lake.
A look at the Kirkwood Inn, Big breakfast, Hot coffee! Pancakes!
After you pass the Kirkwood Inn on SR88, your next visual, breathtaking…
The journey this morning was well worth the effort… As I drive into the valley I cannot keep my eyes on the road in front of me, white peaks, jagged rock & volcanic spines…..
Sakima & I hike around the base, the sun kissing the peaks, the temps in the neighborhood of 27ish. Snow is light, just around 3” or 4” at the base most likely 4” + mid mountain to the peak!
Sakima snow surveying - Pure indisputable science in effect.. An official Woolbear worm search was performed… To our disappointment we were unable to find or examine a specimen at this time.
After a few shots, we pack it up and head back to the Hippie HAUS to enjoy the day…
Thank you for sharing our journey & sharing our passion on this beautiful September morning. I hope you all enjoyed the photos.
Only a short time until winter arrives and Mother Nature once again blesses Kirkwood with copious amounts of “Cold Smoke” POW!
Stay Thirsty my friends,
A parting shot from the drive home :)