A Winter Walk
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
February is the month of grey days, too much snow, and endless cabin fever. All we really want is to see the world starting to turn green and the sun staying out a bit longer. Unfortunately, there is not a hint of green to be seen but we have had a few warmer than usual days. My daughter had the day off from school so we went for a quick walk on the bike trails near our house. You can still see the remnants of the eighteen inches of snow we had a couple of weeks ago but thankfully the trail is clear. Celia brought her scooter and ran circles around me, talking the entire way.
We sat on the fence for a long time watching all the birds fluttering around. It sounded so much like spring. There were several varieties of woodpeckers and what Celia insisted was a junco. Maybe we need to bring binoculars and a bird book next time we go. There were also a lot of animal footprints. Some were just from the dogs that had been for walks with their owners but we also saw deer and rabbit prints.
It was only a short walk because we had things to do and places to be but for a little while we were able to enjoy the winter sunshine, blow the cobwebs out of our heads, and remember what it is like to enjoy the outdoors. My kids say I only like the weather for a few weeks out of the year in the spring and the fall because the rest of the time I say it is too hot or too cold. Sadly, that is true. This day, though was a good day. It was a break in the winter misery and a reminder that maybe, just maybe spring is only weeks away.
This is a walk we do regularly throughout the year and it is interesting to see the how it changes with the seasons. The snow clears, the daffodils bloom, the trees fill out, the river is high, then low, then high again. The leaves change and then fall and the skeleton branches are outlined against the sky. The sound of the river is always there, sometimes louder than others, but always a constant chuckle in the background of our walk. We walk the path as a family and in ones and twos and threes. Scooter and bikes are ridden. We walk fast and slow and we think about running but never actually do it. It is close and convenient and slowly, it has become part of our lives, of our family traditions.