Saturday, October 25, 2014
What is this "peak" thing? Commercializing fall colors.
big Ponderosa Pine (next photo) to hold it upright and hoped it would firm up in this restored position.
On my way back I pondered the statements I find on the various chamber-of-commerce-type websites that promote touring the county to view the fall colors. This on October 21: "We're declaring peak today." And, "Historically, October 21 has been peak color throughout Plumas County." On another website, "Lower Lundy Lake Road - Peak 75 - 100% - definitely peaking. GO NOW."
The elevation in Plumas County varies from just under 2,000' to just over 8,300'. I'm sure it doesn't all peak at the same time. Not even close. And what is this 100%? 100% of what? How can one declare that fall color in a given area is 75% when there's no way to know how bright the colors will get? GO NOW? Nah, it can't be any better than my back yard. Color in my back deck is at 120%! That means it's much better than I expected a week ago.