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July 12, 2004

The Weather Here at the Longears Mall

KristieJorgensen.jpgOne thing my "longears" have taught me is to always look at the bright side of everything.

Things have been extremely bright here at the Longears Mall in Sandy, Utah. Bright from the sun, that is. I just checked the weather at www.weather.com to see what the numbers are.


This is the time of the year when our donkeys like to get a cool drink, pull up a lawn chair, and sit relaxing in the shade under the cool overhanging roof outside our barn. My mom calls them "creatures of comfort". You get the picture. Actually they're too big for lawn chairs so they all stand. Bummer.

They have really good hearing, too. All I have to do in the morning is gently slide the screen door open on the back of the house, and my donkeys who are clear on the other side of our barn, instantly envision my speedy arrival! Really, they do. They tell me about it too, with their chorus of donkey brays. Don't yours?

One wonderful thing about this great planet of ours is the diversity of weather. It is this time of year that my thoughts turn to the cooler weather that our friends "down under" are experiencing, and thinking that if "snowbirds" travel between New York and Florida, I wonder what one would be called if they traveled between the United States and Australia.

Actually I don't have to travel very far to get cool. We live in a really beautiful state. Utah has over 100 mountains that are over 10,000 feet high. Here in the Salt Lake valley we have quite a number of peaks within 30 minutes driving time.

The middle of June we went up to the little town of Alta just 30 minutes east of here. Just beyond Alta Ski Resort they stop plowing the snow off the road. The gate across the road was still closed due to deep snow on the road above the town of Alta. At that point anyone living on the road above parks their snowmobiles and Sno-Cats when they leave to come down to the Salt Lake Valley. When they return they park their car where the snow still covers the road, switch transportation, and ride their snow transportation up to their house or chalet. I wonder what would happen if I got snowshoes for my donkeys, and rode them up there.

Speaking of June, two years ago at Montana Mule Days in Drummond, it turned cold Saturday night and started snowing. This is what it looked like for the Junior Showmanship class Sunday morning.


Everyone that could (including the judge when he could) tried to sit under the big roof of the grand stand. Sunday noon when we left, we heard that there had been 12" of snow nearby and it had taken down some of the power lines -- in June.

If you ever get an opportunity to go, Montana Mule Days is a really fun show. For more photos be sure to visit their great web site at www.montanamuledays.com. It has lots of great photos!

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at July 12, 2004 06:25 PM