We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We'll will be in the Sierra for a month, and mostly out of internet range at our place except when we go to town. The aggregate snowfall (including 12 inches on Memorial Day) was 561 inches (see http://www.squaw.com/snowfall-tracker-2009-10), and this is what's left on July 7. Weather is 75 day, 46 night, but dry. It's early Spring - few flowers are out yet, but the pollen is heavy & everything (grass, skunk cabbage, shrubs, shoots) is bright green.
Ah, my old stomping grounds. The Sierras are so much fun. Did lots of skiing in the winter, lots of fishing and river running in the summer growing up. And, as you said, it's a dry cold and doesn't cut through the clothing like the wet stuff does. (think Mt. Washington)
Have a great month, drop off some more pics when you can.