Summer is rapidly coming--but don't look at the weather forecast! Looks like we may get still more snow above 1000' on Easter Sunday. At least, this time of year it melts rapidly. How does Longmire compare to average? We have 50 inches on the ground as of this morning, compared to an average of 7 inches for this date. That's either 700% of average, which sounds terrifying, or 43 inches over normal, which realistically is only a few extra weeks of good melting weather.
But clearly, we aren't planting at Longmire yet! The Mount Rainier National Park Associates will join us on April 25th for trail work, and are looking for volunteers to help, but that will almost certainly be at a lower elevation location such as Carbon River or Westside Road.
Meanwhile, you can't get much lower than sea level... so consider taking a jaunt across the Penninsula and joining Olympic National Park for their annual Coastal Cleanup Day on April 18! Here's the summary from National Parks Conservation Association representative David Graves:
It is time for this year's Washington Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, April 18, 2009. NPCA will once again be leading a volunteer group to the Olympic National Park for a day of cleaning up the coast and camping (if you want!). If you would like to camp, we will be camping at the Kalaloch Campground in the southwest corner of Olympic National Park (for free!) on Friday, April 17th and participating in the cleanup on the 18th. We will finish the cleanup in the afternoon, which will be followed by a cookout with all the volunteers. Afterwards, you are welcome to head home or stay another night, free of charge, at the beautiful beach side campground at Kalaloch. Last year we had no rain and a beautiful day on the beach. However, the year before we had non-stop rain, so come prepared for all types of weather! To join the group and get the details, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 902-1444, ext.25.
See also the Washington Coastsavers website at http://www.coastsavers.org/.