Sunday, June 26, 2011

More Festival Photos

The Snake Valley Festival was a great success. We had so much fun! We also raised a lot of money for the Great Basin Water Network to help keep Snake Valley a great place to live and visit!

The ice cream social was a hit for all ages.

Five lucky people won the raffle prizes at the well-attended wine tasting at T&Ds.

Bottoms up!

The pancake breakfast early Saturday morning gave everyone energy to start the day.

A new balloon booth was an instant hit.

The book sale had something for everyone.

The parade drew participants all the way from Alaska!

The Little Alaskans enjoyed their Snake Valley experience.

The old Model A still starts once a year for a trip down main street.

Horses and flags gave a great touch to the parade.

Of course no parade is complete unless it has chickens!

The parade went around twice to keep everyone entertained. After all, it's not every day that we have a parade in Snake Valley!

Later in the afternoon it was time for the Epic Water Fight. It was a lot more fun than the water fight that is being played out in court rooms and bureacracy.

It didn't take long for the kids to get wet. They used what ever water-carrying devices they could find.

Some participants didn't quite know what they were doing.

Who's got more water?

More photos coming soon!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Festival Has Started!

Come join the fun!
Ice Cream Social

Wine Tasting

Night Sky Program
Lots more events Saturday and Sunday!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Water is coming up

The streams are starting to come up considerably. Baker Creek two weeks ago was 22 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the park boundary. Last week it was 38 cfs. During the winter it's about 1.5 cfs. At peak flow in 2005, it was estimated at more than 300 cfs. So it can certainly be an interesting stream, to say the least!

Silver Creek has filled the reservoir and excess water is going down the spillway. Hendrys and Smith creeks are making it down to the Gandy Road. Mill, Strawberry, and Weaver are flowing under Highway 6 & 50. As long as everything is going under the road, we're in good shape!

We still have a lot of snow up high. Lehman Creek is up to 22 cfs from 14 cfs last week, but that's still fairly close to the median. That means we have a lot more to come. I'll try to get some photos! You can see the latest stream gauge info for Lehman Creek here.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Snow and Cold Feet

 We had quite a snow storm on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, coating the mountains and even the valleys with a blanket of white. As it warmed up, the snow retreated back up the slopes, but the newness of it added some extra color to the landscape.

 The snow-water-equivalent is over 500% right now, and year to date precipitation greater than 150%. That means we have a lot of snow that isn't melting! The streams are starting to come up, but there's a lot more water to come down.

The Americorps trail crew was busy at work on the Pole Canyon trail. The higher stream had swamped the old stepping stones, so they were working on finding bigger ones. They didn't want to get their work boots wet, so they were braving the cold stream water barefoot. Brrr!