I love Hubbard Park in Montpelier! There is a fabulous sledding hill and a traffic caution sign indicating the sledding ahead. Where can you see a sign saying “slow down for sledders?!”
I was in the park again yesterday looking at the Pileated Woodpecker hole and showing them to author, naturalist and fellow blogger Mary Holland. We had a good time exploring and enjoying a bright sunny day even if temperatures were still on the coolish side. She’s someone I’ve long admired via her writing and it was a delight to finally meet her in person.
One of the other signs we found is a clear indication of the continued move toward Spring: leaves laying on top of the snow—mostly Red Oak and American Beech—are being warmed enough by the sun to melt the snow beneath and sink it just a bit. Interestingly, they were still on top of the snow two days ago but bright sun since has made the difference.
Yes, it is a small sign but a sure one that Spring is on the way. And until it actually arrives we can still do some darned fine sledding.