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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Woo hoo to the gate
Weird picture, but it's a mud puddle near Disappearing Creek about a mile up the Humbug Contour Road. Reflected in it is the top of the ridge above the "creek."
This is the gate that gets closed in the spring to protect calving elk above on Baldy Mountain and beyond. It'll open in a month or two. Today was the first time I reached the gate this year, though it took about 5 minutes of heavy slogging in the last snowbank still on the road.
It was a beautiful day, temp starting in the low 30s and ending at almost 50 in less than an hour and a half. Nice.
Here's the end of the last snowbank. It's about 50 yards below the above gate where I turned around. As my shape improves I'll run miles past the gate, but already it's a substantial trot, uphill. Based on the altimeter app on my phone, the gate — 3.25 miles or so from my car — is close to exactly 500 feet up in elevation.
Threw in the by-now familiar vista across the Blackfoot Valley and the town of Lincoln to the mountains at the south end of the Lincoln-Scapegoat Wilderness Area.
The last few times driving to the Contour Road parking spot, I've noticed a variety of willow buds that remind me of good old pussy willows. I'm sure these are a kind of willow. There are at least two other kinds along Poorman Creek right now, but they weren't quite as accessible from the road.
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