Weather whining, take two

I keep hearing complaints about our recent run of Arctic weather, so let's take a moment and assess our situation. Snow is good. It's as simple as that.

Snow means good snowboarding and skiing, Bogus and other ski areas make a few bucks, which ensures we will be riding lifts and sliding down slopes in the future.

Snow means everyone from snowmobilers to snow shoers have vast expanses of acreage to play in.

Snow means the mountains are stockpiling water that will help things grow and provide good feed for wildlife during the summer. That snow also means we're less likely to see a disastrous fire season. There are many other factors involved, but it's safe to say we're less likely to have a big fire season when there's more snow in the high country.

Snow means our rivers will have a big spring runoff, which helps young salmon and steelhead migrate to the ocean. It also means good flows and cool water during summer, which is good for fishing and whitewater boaters.

Snow means more water in reservoirs, which helps everything from fish to farmers to water skiers.

Snow means trails will stay hard-packed and stay firm longer into the summer, instead of turning to moon dust by early July.

Feel free to grumble about the weather; we all do it. But try to look at the big picture, and if it makes you feel better, 100-degree temperatures are likely only six months away.

That is fine but still...

I don't walk well in worn out shoes (I turn my ankles out and I'm diabetic) and I can't ride ANY bicycle, especially until I have a working one. It will melt off the street in a few days though.

Not to mention Zimo.....

Might have to fly in another fiberglass kit to Indian Creek...since us float boaters are looking at having a great season also. Now if we could only draw a permit........

Say no to low water

I don't need to fix 7 holes in the bottom of a drift boat ever again on the Middle Fork of the Salmon.
Hope we have a normal boating season.
Two years ago I was bonking my drift boat through the Main Salmon in Mallard, Elkhorn, Growler and practically every set of rapids.
Last summer I smashed into rocks on the Lower John Day. Luckily, it resulted only in scratches and dings. A little gel coat did the trick.
I'd rather deal with high water.
Here's hoping for high water.
Row on!

P.S. - I haven't gotten a permit in 24 years of trying.

A friend of mine found out the hard way about low water...

He almost died when his boogie board hit a rock at a local reservoir a few years ago.