November 30, 2012

Wishful thinking is a powerful phenomenon. Whenever a Gulf of Alaska storm crosses the threshold from “maybe” to “likely,” I

Wishful thinking is a powerful phenomenon. Whenever a Gulf of Alaska storm crosses the threshold from “maybe” to “likely,” I become convinced it’s a sure thing. The swirls and isobars and splashy colorful smears dancing in the forecast maps at Unisys are their own kind of Rorschach test, and in them I see guarantees and promises. In these rainbow wisps of representational clouds, I see death and taxes — explosions of snow, face shots, and grey contrails that you can bank on. Look how much moisture is there! Look at the winds! How can we not get pounded?

Sometimes, my brain crosses the line from wishful thinking to magical thinking, to the belief that by training my thoughts on these satellite swirls I will nudge them to do what I want. If I believe hard enough, it will happen. Some might call it delusional, but I prefer enthusiastic.

Let those without sin cast the first stone. Who among you hasn’t tried to move the barometer with a flick of the finger or to stinkeye the clouds into giving up their fluffy treasure? If people can bend spoons with their minds, shouldn’t we be able to bend storm tracks?

So, here we sit on the front side of a storm, an ocean-sized comma of clouds off the coast, champing at the bits and anticipating a weekend of epic snowy madness. Whether we get it, who can say. But I’m thinking, magically, as hard as I can.

Photo of Alta, Utah, by Lee Cohen

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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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  • Aspen Real Life

    We’re wishing with you over here!!! It’s coming, I feel it.

    Love your quote by the way, THE DEEPER YOU GET, THE DEEPER YOU GET

  • Dan Murphy

    And, THAT’S why my favorite area to visit is Alta. I have never failed to get at least one powder day in a trip. Interlodge is a good thing. 😉

  • lynsey

    I call for a Snowdance:
    Nope, not kidding. I’ve done my research and desperate times call for desperate measures! If we want more snow, it’s time we took measures into our own hands! Below I have uncovered time tested techniques children have been applying for decades to induce snow-days (school closures due to an overabundance of snow) and it’s time we took their methods more seriously! Put your game face on folks, this is SERIOUS!
    Here’s what you’ll need:
    -torn up white paper
    -anything small and sparkly that can be tossed in the air ie, sequins, buttons, (yes marbles count!, no one said this wouldn’t be risky, if you weren’t risking poking an eye out it wouldn’t be fun!)
    -loud happy music
    -ice cubes
    -a spoon
    -at least one or more friend and or a dog
    Level II:
    Find some old skis to dance around after lighting them on fire(note, this will require lots of lighter fluid and an internal pyromaniac )((double note, this is not environmentally friendly, must offset gnarly fumes with carbon units to be PC)).
    Step 1: Put ice cubes on all toilette seats unannounced then flush
    Step 2: Turn on loud happy music
    Step 3: Put pajamas on inside-out and backwards
    Step 4: Dance around the room with friends or dog while tossing white torn up paper and all other “throwables” in the air chanting everything you love about the snow. Ie, sledding, snowballs, hooky-bobbing, hot chocolate, snow angels, etc…
    Step 5: Continue until you are too happy, too tired, out of breath or voiceless; which ever comes first.
    Step 6: Put a spoon under your pillow and go to bed (I don’t know why, I’m just sharing my research…NOW DO IT, there’s only 3 more months of winter left!)

    It seems most posts need scantily clad girls in them to get some attention so here ya go, these girls are for sure shakin’ it to make it rain, I mean snow… Hey, whatever it takes!!!

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