Early Fall on the Upper Green River
by Clint Gilchrist
September 12, 2004
The calendar says the first day of fall is September 21, 2004. On the Upper Green mother nature has her own schedule. The temperature reached 80 degrees on Saturday, September 11, 2004 in Pinedale, but for the past few weeks, the temperatures have been regularly flirting with freezing over night. The Wind River Mountains got their first touch of snow on August 23rd. The cooler weather has started fall. The most visible signs are the Aspen trees turning yellow. Many leaves have started changing and some have even begun to fall. Ranchers are just finishing haying. The cattle have started to drift down from the high country. Hunters are out early scooping territory for hunting season that will be in full swing with the first day of rifle season on September 15th. The water has slowed and there are still many people fishing the lakes and streams. And many are just out to enjoy the colors of fall. None of us knows how many weekends are left before the early snows come and stay for the winter, but we can be sure fall will be shorter than it should be.