Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Meteorological Spring

Meteorological Spring began on March 1st.  The Spring Equinox is on March 20th.  Then there's the first day that really FEELS like Spring...and the first day that I can have the windows open, the first hike of the year, the first camping trip of the year...there's a lot to look forward to.  But first we have to get through what looks like a cold, snowy March.

We are still MIRED IN WINTER up here on the North Shore.  Last year we had an unusually warm March (as evidenced by our snow- and jacket-free trip to Sibley State Park on March 18th last year), but I do not think that is going to happen again this year.  As a matter of fact, it is currently snowing like crazy outside.  There is a bright side though - the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is this weekend, it looks like there will be snow for the pups.  And I'll have a few more chances to get the snowshoes out this year.

Hello from the land of ice and snow

As much as I appreciate the four seasons and the beauty of winter up here, I am so ready for Spring.  I have been putting in hours on the stationary bike at the gym, getting my legs in shape for a spring-summer-fall of biking and hiking.  Joe and I have already started filling in our calendars with hiking trips, biking state trails, road trips to amazing new destinations, and getting the next Hiking Club badge (75!).  Until then, it is all about waiting, waiting, waiting...


  1. I have a suggestion for a spring/summer venture (if those seasons ever arrive). The North Shore is famous for Lake Superior agates; the ideal time to search for them is right after the ice goes out, after the shore has been churned by the ice and before all the city folk arrive. I don't remember your ever having blogged beaches before, and I didn't see such in your "2013 plans," but it might be worth a consideration.

    1. That's a really good idea. It's going to be in the 60's this weekend...I think I'll head to Agate Bay to see what I can find.