Monday, January 19, 2009

in⋅ver⋅sion - a sludgy mess in the atmosphere

So for those peole that live here in Utah you will most definitely hear the word inversion on the weather at least once every winter. Scientifically what it means, I think anyway, is that all the cold air get's trapped down in the valley and all the warm air is up in the mountains. What it means for those of us who live in it is that we're stuck in a winter smog belt, that's also very cold. What you can't see in the picture above, unless you look very carefully, is the 10,000 ft mountain right in the center. It's not simple fog, or even plain old haze, covering the mountain but trapped pollution mostly. It's air that's nasty to breathe, and if your some one who already has asthma or something similar you're screwed :) The other night I left work late and there was this film on my car window which I thought was the beginning of some good old frost so I ran the wiper blade over the window once. What scraped off the window was actually a line of black sludge. The news announced the other day that Provo had the 12th worst air quality in the entire country. Putting all of that aside, when it gets like this it also usually gets very foggy at night. Once the morning sun burns off that fog it's like waking to a fairy land of lacy trees. Ice crystals form on everything and for a brief moment that nasty sludgy air forms something beautiful. These were some pictures I took of it this morning. I guess there's a little bit of good in everything that happens if you're willing to look for it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A New Year's snow filled day

So my mom came up with this great idea for New Year's Day this year. She lives right near the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon, and about 15 min up that road there is a place called Jolley's Ranch. Last year they opened up for winter fun and they have groomed trails for cross country skiing, a tubing hill, and lots of snow shoe trails. She thought it would be fun if we went cross country skiing as a family. Since they also rent out the equipment it was really easy. At first it was a little awkward, until we all got the rhythm of the skis down, but it was a lot of fun. Some of us fell down more than others, Clay went down more times than we could even count but then he was also the least cautious. The good part about always being the one with the camera is that I get to avoid pictures of my own disastrous experience, but I attached a video of all the spills and thrills we had. It was so much fun, and after a couple of hours out in the snow my mom had a crock pot of homemade chili and fresh rolls from the oven waiting at home to fill our hungry tummy's.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas 2008

So there hasn't been much going on, other than working and sleeping, so I've been kinda on a hiatus from blogging. Of course the holidays always gives the opportunity to get things going again so here's a mantage of our Christmas this year. It was fun because we all went to Mom's for Christmas, and because of the potential snow storm that was out there, we spent the night. I don't think all of us have slept under the same roof for Christmas in 10 years. It was a nice time, being together with family. Greg and Leigh even ended up staying all day on Christmas so it was a lot of fun. Probably a good thing since that threatening storm that we never saw (until Christmas night when I was driving home that is) really slammed Northern Utah. I just love when we all have the opportunity to kick back and relax together.
Grumpy Morning??