March 20 & 21, 2016
It is now officially spring everywhere in the northern hemisphere. Apparently this is the earliest spring since 1896. The reasons involve the way our calendar works. Every year evenly divisible by 4 is a leap year except those evenly divisible by 100. The exception to the 100-rule is if the year is evenly divisible by 400. If it is, like 2000 was, then the leap year is put back in. This Gregorian scheme will be off a day in about 7,700 years. A somewhat more comprehensive explanation can be found at livescience.com, and more on the Gregorian calendar can be found here. For those of us on East Coast time, Spring started at 12:30 AM on March 20th. For my MDT and PDT readers, Spring started on March 19th.
On the first day of Spring Cathie and I took the dogs for a short hike to Schoodic Mountain in the Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land (44.573556N, 68.147803W). We’ve been in the area before, but not to the top of Schoodic Mountain. The topo map below shows the lay of the land. We did an out-and-back on the red-dotted segment – a total of just 2.6 miles. While it was pretty cold when we started out – below freezing, it wasn’t too bad. By noon it was rather pleasant.
Other than being cold, the day was lovely as you can see from the pictures. As always, the dogs were in their element. I may miss this area more for them than us. I know for sure that Cap loves the woods, the smells, and that ever present possibility of spotting some kind of critter.
Today (Monday) was rather different. Snow was forecast, and the forecast was accurate. It was snowing when we got up 6:30 am, and appeared to me as if it had been coming down for an hour, or maybe two. It is now almost noon and there has been no let up. We’ll see if it continues until this evening as predicted.
We should all be as easy to please as dogs. Not going to happen, but snow is just fine as far as they are concerned. Not sure what it is, but there seems to be real joy in bounding through the soft stuff.