Spring!!!!!

IMG_5438For the following post, I recommend reading while listening to either “Spring” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” or “Morning Mood” from Grieg’s “Peer Gynt.”

This is the first weekend in a long time that I haven’t needed snow boots to venture outside, and I think it’s safe enough to pack away my long red winter overcoat for another season. And we’re just under a week away from the vernal equinox and the official first day of spring on March 20. I feel like Anna getting ready to burst out of the gates and go running through the village singing “For the First Time in Forever.” (Yes, I probably have spent a little too much time this winter watching “Frozen.” But last time I checked, that’s not illegal.)

I don’t know about you guys, but the cabin fever was getting to be a bit of a killer these last few weeks. My winter hiking has been fairly limited, for the basic reason that I don’t have snowshoes (though one of these days I should invest in a pair).

I tried cross-country skiing years ago when I was a kid – though the pair of skis that I used back then has long since delaminated.

The best I’ve been able to do is sneak in a quick walk in the snow every now and then on one of the nearby walking trails here – and on the days when it’s too awful to go outdoors, spend some time re-reading one of my collection of hiking guides.

Anyway –  it gets to the point that looking out at the piles of gray ice on the sidewalks gets a little maddening. It didn’t help that very now and then, the U.S. Department of the Interior would post a photo on its Facebook page of some absolutely luscious piece of scenery – mountains, lakes, lupines, sunsets. (On the other hand, the guys out at the Grand Canyon posted a photo of the Bright Angel Trail absolutely covered in ice. Wait ’til summer, people…)

Thanks to some daytime temps in the 40s and 50s, we’re finally starting to thaw out around here, and rumor has it that Boston’s looking a little less arctic – although there are those photos surfacing of giant ice floes washing up onto Cape Cod. Meanwhile, up in Alaska, the Iditarod’s running into problems because there hasn’t been enough snow up that way this winter. So it’s snow they want? All they would have had to do was relocate the race to Boston – problem solved.

Of course, with spring thaw comes the mud – so much so that, I understand, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference sent out an advisory to hikers saying that the trails are going to be muddy, muddy, muddy this time of year.

So, people, stay tuned for more hiking antics to come.

Spring is coming.

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