T-line Update
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johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
June 12, 2005
Member since 07/18/2001
1,914 posts
I am writing this missive from T-line. It's about 60 degrees and except for a few deer, it seems like I am the only one around.

New Trail. The construction team hit a rock ledge that needs to be blasted. I will to hike up there later today and take a look to see if the blasting has been completed.

Learning area near Silver Queen. Timberline is leveling the small learning area below Silver Queen with earth movers. I think the intention is to make this slope more gradual and also to save snow. In the past, the resort has had to lay down a huge amount of snow on this little area, which sits in front of the Northwoods B units, to make it level enough for beginners. Hopefully, the contouring will save T-line from having to build a "wall of snow" every year.

Northwoods. It looks like the construction team has finally started moving to the A units. There's a big dumpster in front of A now. F, G, and H look great--almost new with the new siding. Richard V, our Assoc. President, deserves great kudos for all the hard work he has put into this project. Thanks Richard!!!

In other news, the birds are great. I walked from Timberline to the Freeland Rd area of the Wildlife Refuge (near WG) and among other birds, saw:

--two house finches
--an Indigo Bunting
--A bobolink
--two Kingbirds
--A blue-winged warbler
--A nice flock of Cedar Wax Wings. Yes folks, the wax wings have returned and they are as magnificent as ever.

We stayed so late at Freeland that we ended up walking back in the dark. We also met a couple of birders from Ohio. One of them had a very fancy new Nikon on a tripod with a huge telephoto lens. I hope he will e-mail me the shots he took, and if they are decent, maybe Scott will post them to help break the DCSki summer doldrums.
bawalker
June 12, 2005
Member since 12/1/2003
1,547 posts
Any chance we can get some pics of the new trail and basic earthmoving at SQ?
snowcone
June 12, 2005
Member since 09/27/2002
589 posts
Hey John .. I know this is way off topic ski-wise, but can you recommend any book/CDs/etc on bird songs? ... Because of all the friggin trees and their leaves where I live its awfully hard to identify birds you can't see.

Thanks.
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
June 12, 2005
Member since 07/18/2001
1,914 posts
Quote:

Hey John .. I know this is way off topic ski-wise, but can you recommend any book/CDs/etc on bird songs? ... Because of all the friggin trees and their leaves where I live its awfully hard to identify birds you can't see.

Thanks.




Eastern/Central More Birding by Ear (Peterson Field Guides)
by Richard K. Walton, Roger Tory Peterson (Editor)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/det...ks&n=507846

Baywalker, left my digital camera at home.
Kris
June 12, 2005
Member since 03/15/2005
248 posts
I dont guess you happened to see if they are really going to extend OTW down further on Salamander this season did ya?
I figure if they were going to do it...they would have at least started by now...
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
June 13, 2005
Member since 07/18/2001
1,914 posts
There are still many months left until the ground freezes. I would not rule it out ye.
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