FINALLY things are starting to turn green. The prairie dogs are starting to play around on the grass after a long time burried under the snow, there are some dandelions up this week, and I even saw some blooming forsythia. Â There isÂ alsoÂ still some ice on the shady side of the river and no leaves on the trees, but hopefully that all gets summer-ified soon. Â I have been paddling a lot now that every day is above zero (a nice feature to have in May), and Graham did almost 25 hours in marathon boats last week. Â I just can’t get enough of being outsideÂ morningÂ andÂ eveningÂ after work after being cooped up so long.
It is hard to remember that Vancouver had their forsythia 6+ weeks ago, and leaves for a solid 2 months. Â The gang in Sweden has also had a slow start to spring, but apparently they are awash in flowers now. Â I don’t mind winter, even the cold and windy Sask winter, but does it need to be 8 months long? Â Brad Wall is getting a strongly-worded email from me!
This coming weekend I will head to a get-together of paddling folks in Regina, and apparently all the tributaries of the Qu-appelle river are high due to recent local snow melt. I’ll aim to take some photos, hopefully mostly of scenery and not blisters.