Outside with Charlie: Changing seasons

By From page A8 | April 03, 2013


The time of year has come that puts everyone who heads outside for fun in a bit of a pickle. Just exactly what is it that you are going to do?

The ski resorts have started the season pass dance and the price is about as inexpensive as it’s going to get.

If you are planning on spending more than four days skiing next season, a season pass may be what you need. Most resorts within reach have partnered with other resorts for multiple access. It’s a pretty good deal.

If you do get one, it’s because you are an optimist and feel there will be lots of snow next fall and winter. If you are a sometime skier, it’s not worth it.

The resorts will soon be in shut-down mode. Count on having at least two more good weeks of skiing.

There are other things to do now besides ski. Right now, and through April, take advantage of the blooming of spring in the foothills, lower mountain areas, and even down in the valley.

If you’ve never been to Daffodil Hill, the experience is really quite something. The place is actually called McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill, located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade in Volcano.

This isn’t a view-it-from-the-road experience by a long shot. Bring your lunch, snacks and water. Make sure the battery in your camera is fully charged, and the memory card has a ton of room on it. No pets are allowed.

Most of the time there are some concession stands across from the ranch. Though there is no cost to wander the flower-lined paths, donations are always welcomed.

What you’ll find on the way to Volcano is that the hills and valleys are also showing an amazing variety of flowers and greenery. It’s a very colorful and wonderful way to spend the day.

Unlike skiing, the season for the blooms is very short. When you decide that the skis are done for the season, it’s a great time to head down the hill a bit to find a different kind of outdoor wonderment.

Whatever you do, get outside and enjoy the colorful spring beauty of this wonderful area we live in.


Charlie Ferris

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