No sound is more characteristic of this leafless time than the cries of blue jays from the nearer woods and the trees and buildings of the farm. Again and again, when I am busy out of doors, I hear that single screaming call across the wilderness of snow. I hear it just as the austere shadows of winter are coming to life with the sunrise. I hear it, and hear it answered, through the bright hollow of high noon. There is as yet no touch of spring in the note; it is the familiar harsh call and nothing more. Yet… it is music, for it means that life in the air, daring, vigorous, and even jocular, is sharing the winter with us.”
-- Henry Beston, Especially Maine (The Stephen Greene Press, 1970)
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Can you believe it’s February already? Some years this is an ultra-wintry month, with tons of snow (like we had weekend before last) – pure heaven for the snow-lovers among us.
Those of us who are avid snowshoers are hoping for more snow so we can continue to indulge in one of our favorite winter pleasures, as we did last Saturday and Sunday.
But now all the snow from the snowstorm has melted, and until we get more, we’ll be hiking on bare ground again, which was the story in December and much of January.
Whatever your pleasure, one fact staring us in the face is that February is our shortest month, even though it includes an extra day this year. Then March arrives.
Meaning… spring will officially be here less than 7 weeks from now. I suspect those of you who aren’t crazy about winter will be able to hold out till then, right?
We often get a surge in reservations whenever a bout of spring-like weather surprises us in February. It’s not too early to reserve for March and April hikes…
In the meantime, aside from whatever else you may do on weekends, don’t forget it’s beautiful out in the woods right now (as it is in all seasons). Join us and enjoy!
-- Charlie Cook