The calendar says Spring but the ground we hiked on today was almost entirely covered in snow and ice. We hiked here last Winter; Bill suggested we go back today. It snowed all day here yesterday, with only an inch or two of accumulation, but there were some areas in the woods that resembled mid Winter. We wore spikes over our boots, walked on ice, snow, slush and mud. Like last time we crossed paths with other hikers and dog walkers until we got deeper into the woods where we saw another hiker or two but were mostly alone.
It was chilly when we started but soon the woods blocked the wind; we warmed up with the exertion of climbing short steep inclines, jogging for brief bursts along the flat areas. The day was clear, the skies blue. Animal tracks – rabbit, turkey, coyote – crossed the trails, a hawk landed on a nearby tree. It warmed up, reached the 40s, a beautiful day for a Spring hike.