My wife and I moved to Colorado about 16 years ago and it hasn't taken me that long to figure out that Spring time here is often windy. When I watch or hear a forecast saying something along the lines of "tomorrow will have "X" % chance of rain or snow and it will likely be breezy" - I usually take the "breezy" prediction to heart - but wonder if the forecaster has or will look out a window to see if they got it or get it right.
The point - I got up to run early Sunday to beat the prediction of strong winds. A couple of weeks prior I was on Greenland Trails and Spruce Mountain for 3 hours getting beat up by the winds. I was expecting more of the same or worse on Sunday.
I had decided on a day at Spruce Meadows and Mountain and parked in the meadows parking lot and was on the trail before the Sun came up. No cars there, nor at Spruce Mtn, nor Greenland.
The other thing missing: wind.
I was okay the forecasters had it wrong.
I went North through the wide open meadows area - not having run that section before, was a lot narrower trail than nearby Greenland Trail and Spruce Mountain where I was heading. Was also quite sandy.
|Spruce Mtn way up on the left.|
|Still a few snow spots around|
|Signs of Spring|
|I would like to climb up this one day but it is probably not allowed|
|Spruce Mtn Trail|
|There was no wind at "Windy Point".|