I guess my placeholder “Gone Kayaking” was a bit misleading. I got to Minnesota and within hours experienced a wonderful Spring snowstorm. The large puffy flakes fell throughout the day, sometimes changing to light single flakes. Wet and full of moisture (as Spring snows often are) the snow was easy to make a nice snowball.
I was at first a bit disappointed that the lakes were still covered in ice, roads sat under 4 inches of a white blanket, but then nature is on a schedule of it’s own. I am only an observer to the events and my plans are not considered on the timeline of nature.
I walked in the small town neighbor hood and took part in the day that was offered to me. Cool, silent (yet not when I listened), snow covered. The trees bent in the heaviness of the white clinging flakes. As the day warmed, the snow melted and the sound of dripping water was everywhere. Canada geese flew overhead looking for open water to land. A woodpecker suddenly scared by my advance through the snow flew his telltale roller coaster manner to the next tree to perch.
The Minnesota sky of the snow clouds giving way to a touch of clear blue. This was the sky I grew up knowing, like an old friend we felt completely comfortable in the moment.
Since writing this I have experienced two more 5″ inch plus snowfalls. Today although clear sky with sun the wind is bitter cold reminding me more of my childhood in middle of January than a early April Spring day.
Today, I went to the local Cub Foods and purchased some tulips. Maybe with Minnesota grown tulips planted in the snow Mother Nature will finally get my message that Spring must win.