Get a life: Only in Colorado

Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP

On the news this morning, I heard someone describe Colorado weather as "bipolar." This is always especially apt in the springtime. Here we are, at the beginning of April, and it has snowed at my house each of the last three days. Not continuously, but snow with a couple of inches accumulating on the grassy areas, trees, and rooftops. It seems like as soon as we get ready for all the fun stuff that summer brings, winter decides to hang around. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, however. Not only is the moisture very welcome considering the impending warm, dry weather and fire season, but it creates some unique opportunities to get outside.

I've mentioned my friend, Pete, a couple of times. For regular readers, he is the one who promised to lead rescuers to find my body should I ever get hypothermic enough that physical contact might be needed to save my life. For some reason, I still find myself on outings with this guy.

Early June 2011 presented an interesting opportunity. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area was still open, and the spring runoff that raises water levels in our creeks and rivers was underway. So one morning Pete and I headed up to A-Basin for some late spring turns. This included watching people attempt to ski across the surface of an ice-cold pond that had formed from melting snow near the top of the mountain.

In the afternoon, we headed down to Golden, Colorado and put our kayaks in Clear Creek for some early season boating. While not Photoshop-proof, I am holding a Denver Post in both photos and I swear these pictures were taken the same day!

What a GREAT place to live!

By the way, we've yet to have any of you share stories about your adventures as a guest blogger. It is OK if your hobbies don't involve extreme sports as we are still interested in how you "get a life." Just remember to follow my motto: "Always live to tell about it!" Send your stories to [email protected].





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