Weekly Walk 18

It’s six weeks after the winter solstice, and darned if it doesn’t feel like spring.

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The snow is pretty much gone, and there’s lots of boot-sucking mud.

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In a real spring, we’d expect the river and the creek to be higher, but who knows what we’ll get this year if we continue to get so little snow.

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Wait a second. Am I complaining about how little snow we’ve had? Man, there’s no pleasing me.

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Add to the lack of snow the fact that we went hiking on Groundhog Day and saw no groundhogs whatsoever. Granted, we’ve never seen one on a hike before, but they really could have made an effort on the holiday named for them. On the way to the trailhead the kids and I were imagining a groundhog fête with whistlepigs in party hats dancing to bluegrass music and gnawing on crudités.

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We didn’t even see any muskrats. The closest we saw was a hawk, which took flight as I pointed my camera at him. He was clearly also disappointed not to find a rodent party in the meadow. (Update: my daughter says she thinks this might actually have been a Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) because it had a white underside.)

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The trail was extra-friendly this week, though, and bid us farewell as we walked back to the car.

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Until next week!

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