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Friday, March 21, 2014

Harbingers of Spring

I saw an awesome sunrise this morning! Which I think boded well for the weather... And I was right, because I got to go for a hike today!

Hmmm... little bear vs. big kitty... hmmm... Oh well, as long as I don't stray too far from the humans I should be OK...

There were some big trees that came down after those 18" of snow. Guess they weren't used to all that weight.

And look!!! Green leaves - real ones (not those evergreen things like arbutus and holly).

And some Canadians are back home from over-wintering down south. I bet they are looking for a nesting spot.

Ooohhhh... letters painted on rocks underwater... I wonder what it was supposed to say...

I also found as skunk cabbage! They don't smell beary nice but they are the first indicators that spring is really here.

I have to say, they do look pretty...

But then it started to rain and so I got tucked into Mama's jacket... I hope we keep going on our hike...

Oh my goodness... can it be???? I think it is!!! Pussy willows!!!

Under the big power-lines (always a good place for pussy willows). These are in the shadow of the mountain so spring must be a bit tardy here. I got a bunch of little scraggly ones.

And then found another bush with long, straight branches.

Finally... pussy willows!!

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  1. Green leaves, pussy willows? Well, Jerry is finally grumbling less, since the snow is mostly gone now and temperatures are in the 40s this week. We hope to take a big hike next weekend like the ones you've been taking (..more grumbling..); we'll post some photos.

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    1. Yes spring is here - even the calendar says so!! It is still a tad frosty in the mornings and today it is supposed to rain but tomorrow is sunny and... I am going to help dig up the winter garden vegetables! We'll see how the carrots and radishes and scallions did... keep by paw pads crossed!

      Good to hear that you guys are going to get to go for a hike as well! Be patient with your Papa... and make sure he gets his share of hot chocolate too.

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  2. Jerry and Ben glad to hear that the weather is warming up and that you got to go hiking today too. I don't think I have ever been that close to Skunk Cabage but it sure is a nice looking plant. Hope you didn't get rained on too much, perhaps starbucks will come out with a rain repellant Spring jacket for your closet?

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    1. Oh skunk cabbage is beary pretty, when it's a young plant. And it's not tooooo stinky yet - later though... phew!

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  3. Sandy, glad to hear those Canadian Geese got home safely, I miss seeing them hang out in neighborhood.

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    1. Oh yes, we see gaggles of them flying over us all the time now - I think they are headed north... but it's still pretty snowy up there so sometimes they hang out here for a while.

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  4. We've seen a beary lot of Canadian tourists flying north...Ben yells up at them "Say hi to Sandy", so listen when you're outside just in case any of them honk hello.

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    1. Oh I heard some more down by the ocean today and they flew right over my head... except it sounded like "Hi-eh Sand-eh"!

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  5. Nice hike! Glad to see that you found the pussy willows!

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  6. Ah humans come in handy, don't they? I do the same and hide in my mom's jacket whenever we don't have an umbrella.

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    1. Oh yes, for all their foibles, humans are beary handy to have around... most of the time!

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