Monday, March 25, 2019

Cloud, nein - 3.25 #sol19 Story Challenge

Fun ski days have been subjects of slices earlier this month. Today offers a different take.

Spring weather means spring skiing conditions, which usually means predictable cycles of melting and re-freezing. A skier who is in sync with this pattern can enjoy soft, slushy slopes; a skier marching to the beat of a different drummer would've been me this morning.

In truth, I blame the stubborn cloud cover for delaying the sun's arrival on the scene. As a result, the snow-pack remained frozen and crusty for longer than expected. Mostly undaunted, I took multiple runs, my molars vibrating in my jaw as my skis scraped their way down the tenacious ice. At first I insisted I could find something worth skiing, but several chattery tries only left me feeling more daunted. So, I bided my time inside for a while.

Still, no sun. The day, though, continued to warm incrementally, and the snow relented a bit, especially at lower elevations. Then, after noon, the clouds started to fray, revealing wisps of blue, and soon the full-strength sun itself. All over the mountain, the snow could fully relax, and so could I.


3 comments:

  1. That spring sun has to build up its strength to push those stubborn clouds away. Perhaps they insist like the skier that this is their place.

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  2. "the snow could fully relax, and so could I" - what a great line, and it goes back to your opening, "A skier who is in sync with this pattern...". I like the idea that the skier and nature, at their best, are linked together. Almost makes me want to try downhill skiing again. Almost.

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