I'm going to write something about Red Haw State Park one of these days, so ran out yesterday --- on the first shirt-sleeve day we've had in months --- to take a look at the sign near the front gates. Then drove on in to check out the ice.
It was hard to believe that only days ago temperatures were dipping below zero, but then it's also hard to believe that two years ago, Chariton's magnolias were in full bloom on March 19 and a week later, the redbuds, too.
That's not going to happen this year --- and it's a good thing it isn't.
This year, it's going to be a while before open water season returns.
Meg was down to Rathbun for an event at Honey Creek Lodge over the weekend and was remembering yesterday morning that when she attended the same event there a year ago, kayakers were in the water. This year, patches of open water were visible only at Bridge View and in one spot near the lodge. And no kayakers.
But there were signs of spring in tiny patches of open water along the Red Haw shoreline yesterday afternoon.
And here's a hickory bud that looks promising.
Ice-out on Clear Lake used to be a big deal when I lived up north, and most likely still is. I'll be watching to seen when it occurs around here. Geese are flying over, but landing zones so far are in limited supply.