According to both ancient tradition and modern science the summer of 2013 will officially kick off on Friday, June 21st at 1:04am EST which, in a way, means that summer starts a day earlier on the west coast as the Solstice strikes on Thursday, June 20th at 10:04pm PST. This is only the beginning of the confusion regarding this celestial point in time, because the Solstice not only marks the beginning of summer and all of the good things associated with it, it also is the precise moment on the calendar when days in the Northern Hemisphere begin to get shorter. I am never sure whether to celebrate summer’s start or dread the beginning of its end.

One thing that is clear is that this weekend also marks another, and much less confusing, sign that summer is in full swing: Garbanzo will open on Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30am PST (3 hours later if you are on eastern time). By all reports, it will be one of the best openings in years. 100% of Garbanzo’s trails will be ready to ride from the get-go with excellent conditions from mid station down. And, if that is not enough to get your summer mojo flowing, you can look forward to a summer long Garbanzo makeover. The trail crew will be investing significant time and resources into smoothing out some of Garbanzo’s rough edges.

So, as the days are getting shorter riding on Garbanzo will be getting better – hopefully that clears up the confusion.