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Spring is here (maybe)

May 1, 2014 - Jordan Travis
Spring has finally sprung — more or less, anyway. We had a few nice days (emphasis on a few) but now we're having weeks on end of 40-degree days with rain. Cripes, it even snowed once.

As much as we need the precipitation, I sure could go for a solid week of 60 and sunny. But maybe I'm asking too much.

I doubt I need to remind anyone, but this was a ghastly, brutal winter. I went snowshoeing and ice fishing, and even saw an elk. But try as I did to enjoy it, the winter finally wore out its welcome with me by the end of February.

I'd had enough of that ache you feel in your fingers as they regain feeling. I'd had enough of tracking salt into my car. Enough of feeling the cold wind blow up my jacket. Enough of worrying about bad snowstorms keeping me from driving somewhere. Enough of the whole thing, frankly.

Now, the snow is long gone and trout season opener has passed. It's time to get out and try to catch a few. The other day, I found a map of the state's blue ribbon trout streams, and mentally planned a few long weekends around some of them (I'm almost clueless when it comes to trout fishing, but I have caught a few and I'm sure I'll enjoy it anyway).

I'm also looking forward to taking out my kayak as soon as the weather cooperates. When warmer days finally arrive, I have more places I'd like to camp than I could possibly hit in one summer. And it'll be nice just to sit in the sun on the beach at Bell Bay, and snorkel the wreck of the Portland.

What's your favorite spring and summer activity? Leave a comment and let me know.


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