Officially, over it.
We have been working on the planning for the annual hike to the river out at the Howard County Conservancy.
It is scheduled for March this year. It gives us the opportunity to look for signs of spring.
March 8th, at 10 am. This hike is appropriate for most skill levels, but they are asking for a minimum age level of eight years old.
Last fall, we had groups go out. With lots of volunteers to shepherd groups.
If people felt it was too difficult, we had leaders who could bring them back to the building.
This is a fairly long hike, by our standards. It is a couple of miles in each direction. The first half, obviously, is DOWN to the river. The second half, you guessed it, uphill for quite a bit.
When the group reaches the railroad tracks above the river, they are roughly halfway between Woodstock and Ellicott City. This land down there is part of Patapsco State Park. You don’t see houses or roads. It is quiet and really scenic.
This hike is one of the monthly free events, called the Second Saturday events. Many of us who regularly volunteer enjoy getting out and leading families, couples, friends, and singles to show them the little things about nature we have learned as volunteer naturalists.
And, as a lead in to a request for new volunteers, the training for elementary school and middle school hike leading volunteers begins in two weeks.
I may be jumping ahead to promote spring events, but the thought of getting outdoors and saying farewell to the snow has me looking at the calendar and saying “Come On Springtime!”.