Facebook friends are chattering about trips to cycle the nearby national parks, or mountain biking outings in the foothills east of town. It’s a sure sign of spring when friends are lining up hikes and climbing trips for the coming weekends.
The general theory about eastern Idaho spring weather is that the farther along we go, the fewer bad weather days we’ll have each week until late spring and early summer arrives and we might have one bad day in seven.
My first goal as I walked along the base of the tall basalt cliffs in the area called Massacre Rocks on Saturday was to find a fun rock-climbing route. But my eye was drawn to the owl pellets that littered the grown at the base of one vertical rock wall. There were at least a half-dozen of the sausage-sized pellets scattered on the ground. I pointed them out to my companions.