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Thursday Jun 6 #


Warm and sunny today, and a perfect summer day. It's amazing to compare how quickly things have gone/grown just in the past 3 days, going from just a few early spring varieties of wildflowers, to an almost full gamut--everything from loco weed to lupine to larkspur to paintbrush to golden banner to violets to wild strawberries and almost everything in between.

This afternoon I was wading through prairie full of blooming bitterbrush with it's creamy light white-yellow blossoms and heavy perfume. I thought about the fact that when I first moved here, they usually started blooming on the summer solstice--that made it easy to remember. Now, they are consistently blooming 2 weeks earlier. While doing that, I also picked up ticks #3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. I was never fond of ticks, but I must be getting soft because now ticks creep me out more than they used to. Plus, if I find ticks on me while I'm mapping, back home in the evening every little minor tingle or tickle I feel makes me wonder if there is a tick on me that I missed. Maybe it's time to haul out the big gun: Permethrin.

If the ticks were the lowlight (they were), the highlight was hearing some loud cracking noises from an aspen grove below me while I was on the slope of a ridge, and then seeing a good sized bull moose trot out from the other side of the aspens. It trotted up to the top of the opposing ridge line, and stopped and turned to observe me. It was a stare down! Eventually the moose resumed trotting away from me and disappeared. It was the first moose I had seen since the incident with a moose back in February.

I ran at Happy Jack last thing, and checked on the snowfield at the east end of Hqs. It's still there, and substantial enough that it should last another few days.

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