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alex

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  1. 0.12 here which brings the weekly total to 1.47 - so pretty decent overall
  2. Unless more storms pop up, 0.94 is the final tally here. Soupy but not hot, 73/71
  3. Thanks! some really cool spots in this area. Just went into a cave, maybe 1/5 mile deep and you get to a beach at the end of it in complete darkness. This is my nephew coming out of it. Lots of cool places in the world. Most Americans don’t even know these islands exist, and yet they’re a stone throw from Rome where you have to battle like a million to look at a fountain.
  4. I’m originally from italy so we rented a cat with my family which is still in Italy. Nice way to do a family reunion after 3 years of not seeing them due to COVID!
  5. On a cat sailing the islands in front of Rome. Amazing.
  6. Thanks. I appreciate that. No I’m in Val d’Aosta, on the Western Italian Alps - on the border with French. The collapse was way East of here. Crazy to see that. You can’t really see it from my pictures but as you take the 5 Km gondola above the “Mer de Glace” you realize how the glacier is a giant playground. There are groups of 20-30 people rappelling down into crevasses, and many groups of hikers all roped to each other making the treck from Punta Helbroner on the Italian side, above Courmayeur, to Aguille du Midi, on the French side above Chamonix. It’s a bit surreal because the area is essentially a plateau at about 3500 m of elevation, so it feels like you're crossing Antarctica on a tiny 4 person gondola that spans 5 Km, about 3 miles, with not a single supporting beam. The glacier is called Mer de Glace, sea of ice - and pretty aptly named. As a kid I remember there being lifts there (movable J Hook style tows) but apparently they recently decided that the occasional skier falling into a crevasse is not worth it. The Mer de Glace gondola was closed for years - not sure why, so we jumped at the opportunity to do it since it was open and it was worth every minute, truly a once in a lifetime experience, although a bit scary. It’s about an hour and a half round trip in a tiny cramped 4 person gondola suspended at 3300-3800m of elevation above a glacier. Definitely anxiety provoking but the scenery is just indescribable. Sad that people lost lives visiting such incredible places - and even sadder that these places may be gone when my kids are my age.
  7. A few more pics from the Italian alps. The Roman “bridge” (technically an aqueduct) was built in 3bc and it’s still standing. They put in a glass floor inside and it’s scary as f.
  8. More pics from the Mt Blanc area (both Italian and French side - Courmayeur and Chamonix). Went on the “ice train” to the glacier cave today. So sad to see how the glacier is retreating. About 8 meters of ice lost every year - it’s crazy. I remember as a child a glacier that went almost all the way into Courmayeur, now you have to hike up some 3000 feet higher in elevation to find any ice, and where the glacier used to be is just a round valley filled with rubble. So sad.
  9. Got some snow last night. I want to live here lol (12,000 feet elevation or so)
  10. Made it to Italy. The Alps never cease to amaze me. Got some snow last night
  11. I've actually personally apologized for the weather a number of times in the past few weeks. They really don't seem to mind - most seem to enjoy the cool weather! I guess if you choose the mountains in the summer you're not really hoping for 90s and dews
  12. Same here. Not much on radar but those showers mean business
  13. I also noticed that on my way to Concord. Its crazy, looks like April lol
  14. Just happened to us today. Visitors heading up on the cog asking us if they can borrow jackets because they had no idea it could be this cold in June. But it's a challenge to get the word out; people rarely read all the info we send them
  15. 33.1 with frosty roofs and cars. Bring back summer!
  16. And 35 with a chance of frost is the forecast for tonight
  17. What a difference a notch can make. It’s been wet here. Maybe it’s normal but it seems wet; 3” since the beginning of the month. It seems that days without rain are rare. Today gets the award though… 40s, sheet drizzle and windy. 0.23” of rain so far since midnight
  18. Had a really cool encounter with this guy (girl, I guess) tonight
  19. Unfortunately, here too
  20. 33.6 with a touch of frost this morning
  21. Went kayaking in the wetland next to my house today. So bizarre to have such a different world just feet from my deck lol. It feels like you’re in the wilderness
  22. Wait what??? It’s dreary here. Steady rain all day, 50s. About 5” of rain in the past 3 weeks - on the upside, the green is absolutely magnificent
  23. I love skiing but that just has no appeal whatsoever to me
  24. This picture is just amazing. I love bears https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd9bP1jMuwq/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
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