Summer is finally here! One of the great joys of living in the North is that spring isn't a season. It's more akin to an eruption...
Just two weeks ago we still had considerable snowpack on most of the ground and it didn't even remotely feel like spring and was probably worse than what most of the nation calls winter. Today, only deep shade will contain the remnants of winter with daytime highs into the low 70's and cold is only a memory. Our little community lost its collective mind and everywhere you go people are out and about on foot, bikes, motorcycles and ATVs and generally having a bout of Spring Fever. Sick calls at work rival the numbers achieved at 50 below.
This is the time of year we live here for!
I've not found it in me to write much and I've spent lots of time outside hiking and teaching my son to ride his bike. I've been bear hunting quite a bit in the evenings looking for sign and scouting areas with the elusive south facing slope warmed by the sun. Our official dusk is after 10:00pm so I've got plenty of time to scout during those productive evening hours.
I've also been poking around in the yard a bit trying to spruce things up a bit and recover articles from the melting snow. I've also received my first mosquito bite of the year as the early season "bombers" fly about. Funny thing is the early 'skeets are huge and slow flying and although they're big they're not so bad as the late season "fighters" that are quick, vicious and come in incredible numbers. Nothing quite like sitting on a tree stand while these big monsters come flying by- sometimes I think Fish and Game ought to sell tags and open a season.
I hope everyones summer is getting off to a good start.