“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~Margaret Atwood
Growing up in season neutral southern California I never truly cultivated a sense or meaning behind the phrase Spring Fever. After spending a full year within the depths of the Rocky Mountains, I am experiencing first hand the subtle tug that occurs after the first short sleeve wearing, warm the skin, bluebird sky day. The only problem is that gentle tug quickly turns into a forceful push once the snow melts away and your neighborhood turns to mud. Then, before you know it you are dusting off the mountain bike and pulling out the rock climbing but just as you get the car packed it is inevitable that the next morning brings a fresh blanket of white fluff and chilling temperatures.
What is a cabin sick and adventurous soul to do?
For those who ski (or snowboard) and have the access (and knowledge) of backcountry terrain, this can be more often than not a time of pure magic (all dependent on Mother Nature, of course). Between ski touring, cross country skiing, or even snowshoeing your time for snow play is generally far from over! What if you are completely sick of the snow (if you can fathom the thought) and ready to get out under the warm sun with your shorts? Well, there is no better place than the desert (high or low). Spring is by the time to embark upon some of the best adventures (planned or not) within the otherworldly lands located within the Four Corners region.
So, what are you waiting for? Pull out your shorts, pack up the backpack, and load up your car; it’s time to trade in your cabin fever for a spring fling!