Think I might go buy a Kona, these Rockies are soo common now
I think the large saddle thickness goes some way to making the seatpost shorter as well.
Looks very tidy and the forks match well and off course if it feels and rides well, then top stuff.
...official sizing is centre of bottom bracket to top seat Q/R (top of seat tube) and round off to nearest half inch (16/17.5/18.5/19.5/21 that year for a blizzard), same way Kona measure. This would give the effective top tube length equivalents to other bikes at that size (Rockies tend to be a fraction shorter in length than say a Kona, at least in the early 90's)
If it is 1997, that's the one year it was actually red and with Judy forks
The Soul would be white, with the blue detailing and indy forks. Probably the inspiration for the colouring detail of your bike.
Just noticed, they didn't use Ritchey tubing in 1997, it was a custom Tange Prestige mix.
1998 would suit the colour, tubing and blue detailing better.