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Hunting for the sun after days of foggy inversion

By Jake Melder. CREATED Jan 21, 2014

Do you miss the sun?

I miss the sun.

Yesterday, in desperation I looked up pictures of sunsets, just to remember what they looked like. Today, I decided enough was enough and went up to the mountains - and I wasn't alone.

"It can get pretty depressing down in the valley when these inversions come in," said Tom Auchampack, sitting on a lawn chair halfway up the Boise Foothills and gazing down upon a fog-enshrouded valley.

Yeah, you can say that again. Day after day, the inversion sticks around and it’s driving me crazy. The only cool thing about it is the hoarfrost clinging to trees and bushes. I’ll admit it makes for some cool pictures. Still, I need to escape.

So I took the road up to Bogus Basin to find the sun, and found many others doing the same.

"I came up here to hike,” Auchampack said. “I hiked for a couple hours and now I'm just going to sit here until the sun goes down and I get to see the beauty of the sun on the fog."

"It was super warm up at Bogus,” said Michael Diggs. He and his wife had spent the day skiing at Bogus. “I think it was in the forties. My wife said it was starting to feel like Seattle down below."

He was not wrong. Breaking through the inversion really shows how drastic the change is. You look up, and there are clear skies. Look down, and it’s a sea of clouds. The two are so neatly divided you could trick yourself to thinking the inversion really is just a fluffy sea.

"It was gorgeous today,” said Steven Gibson, a Boise resident. “Driving up the hill we got to see the sun rise over the hill just as the cloud broke - it was so nice after you spend days in the darkness."

He and his friend, Jacob Kuisti woke up early to snowboard at Bogus Basin. They spent the entire day under clear skies and bright sunlight.

"It has been quite good,” Kuisti said. “It will make you a happier person coming up here."

I can second that. The sun sure gave me a Rocky Mountain high.

"When the sun is shining on your face you feel pretty warm and pretty comfortable," Auchampack added.

"Warm" and "comfortable." Definitely not two words I could use to describe life inside the inversion. But I took advantage of the chance I had to breathe in the crisp mountain air and soak in the sun. Truth be told, I didn’t want to come down.

Obviously, I had to. ((sigh)) I guess I'll just have to hang on to those precious few moments I enjoyed in the sun.