Last Friday, February 4th, I had a little time to go for a run just as the heavy rains were hitting and the temperature was dropping. Word has it that a few days ago, the groundhog promised several more weeks of winter. With the temperature dropping and a cold rain moving in, it sounds like this chubby rodent might be on to something. However, the spring peepers in the wetland I ran by were telling me otherwise. These little frogs’ chorus was reminding me that although we will likely get a little more snow, and cold, the days are getting longer and the sun is getting higher. Spring is slowly creeping into the forest. Biologists will tell me that these little amphibians are going through their annual mating behaviors, but the peepers were telling me much more than that.
These amphibians were telling me to set aside my projects for a while this weekend and spend some time in this little patch of local woods. I should wander around a little and see the first signs that winter is ready to give way to spring.