Bidding farewell to Winter….Posted April 7, 2008 by Malina
As of a couple weeks ago, spring officially arrived–although the blooming poppies on the upper South Fork of the American River, the green hills outside our River office, and frankly the sneezing and coughing from the clouds of petals, pollen and dust swirling with every breeze are as good a sign as anything.
It’s already over but it was a full winter indeed at All-Outdoors: We had three babies born, traveled to Germany, Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile, (uh, hello, is there a reason that I wasn’t one of the traveling people? I have a new passport and everything!) . . . . seven of us worked across the U.S. making it snow for holiday displays……. people competively skiied in Tahoe, dug themselves out of snow drifts, and gave snow mobile tours…..some of us studied watershed management, others Persian literature….trees were planted and fences built at our River Center, we substitute taught, worked on websites, welded, joined political campaigns (go democracy!), refurbished trailors, hunted for mushrooms and–surprize surprize–rafted California Rivers.
The sun’s out, but don’t pack up your beenies and wool socks quite yet–it’s high time to start thinking about some spring rafting. The season has begun!