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Spring into summer

Paul E. Anna
Aspen, CO Colorado

Are we there yet?

Is it just me or does spring seem like it’s been a long, long time coming? If I had to wait this long for the springtime of my life I’d still be a toddler. It’s been so long since it was supposed to be spring that it seems like we’ve had two winters in between.

I guess that’s what happens when you have the ski season to end all ski seasons. So far, May, never mind April, has just been a long extension to the epic winter of 2007-08.

It was just this week, the week after Memorial Day, that things have finally started to green up around here. How are your tomatoes? How about your tan? Unless you went on the road to someplace with a boatload of sunshine you likely don’t have any lines below your belly button, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

There have been some things that remind us that this is the cusp season, the time when we are supposed to have beautiful days, beautiful wildflowers and the town all to ourselves.

The baby horses arrived right on schedule at the pasture on Highway 82 at Watson Divide. The pure and spry foals are a sure sign that the circle of life goes on regardless of what the calendar says. There’s talk of some bear activity in Aspen, and a walk down the alleys of the West End generally reveal a well-tumbled trash container or two. And this week the new buds on the tops of select aspen trees have begun to spring into their special shade of green.

Around town the construction activity continues at an off-season pace. The difference there is that folks used to hustle to get their construction projects done during the period from April 15 to June 15. You know, between the time people left town and when they got back. I guess the thought was that in a resort town it was best to finish your construction, clean up the dust and get on with the business of catering to your guests, who come to hear the birds, ride the gondola and generally relax in the rapture.

Of course, that was the old days when we all cared about such trivial pursuits as running a tourist town. Today, construction season begins at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1 and ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. Don’t need a calendar for that, either.

Sorry for the rant. I guess the cloudy days have just put me into one of those Swedish funks that drives people to … oh, never mind.

In any event, the beginning of June is hours away, the pass is scheduled to open June 7, and there is sunshine in the forecast.

Forget spring, let’s just move into summer.