Trailspace first trip of Spring (?)

4:25 p.m. on March 25, 2018 (EDT)
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Yes it's spring, but someone forgot to tell the mountains....a great couple of days in what maybe winter's last blast down here in the Southeast...
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I poked the TS cap out of my hood for the photo...saw my shadow and ducked back in for the rest of the storm.

4:56 p.m. on March 25, 2018 (EDT)
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It's been an unusual Winter & Spring here in the foothills on the west side of the Sierra too. Most of the winter was essentially dry. March has had a parade of storms, and even snow down to Sonora, a town around 2,000'. This past week, there were torrential rains, washing out roads, causing car-swallowing sinkholes, and flooding towns.

5:26 p.m. on March 25, 2018 (EDT)
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Shook a little dusting off my tarp this morning. Definitely still a little fun in the snow out there before it all turns to mud.

6:08 a.m. on March 26, 2018 (EDT)
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Mild in central virginia. Storms didnt leave much even at elevation

8:04 a.m. on March 26, 2018 (EDT)
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It is still winter here in Maine!

Thanks for the picture, Phil.

9:33 a.m. on March 30, 2018 (EDT)
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Prediction is for temps in the low 70's today and no mud slides!

No locality is perfect....

3:14 p.m. on March 30, 2018 (EDT)
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We're headed for the 80s in Tucson. Dry as a desert cowbone though. A few things leafing out and blooming up in the canyons, but I guess there'd be a lot more in a normal to wet winter year. In another 2 weeks to a month we're going to have to get up real early to get in some outdoor time before it gets too hot.

As another sign of "spring", we had a mama and baby javelina show up outside our kitchen window: 
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1:32 p.m. on April 10, 2018 (EDT)
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I get it Phil!

This was last weekend in Shining Rock NC. I awoke Sunday morning to brisk 17F temps (after 1.5 days of constant rain) and had forgotten to protect my water. So I carried ice packs all the way back to my car and enjoyed that special task of trying to force a completely frozen tent into my backpack. :)


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It was quite beautiful though. And luckily Sunday stayed clear enough to allow my map and compass practice time as planned. Practice, practice

7:48 p.m. on April 10, 2018 (EDT)
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Man I wish I could have been out there.  Is that second shot looking northwest from Tennent Mountain? Where's your next practice going to be?

6:45 a.m. on April 11, 2018 (EDT)
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Wow, you nailed it! yes that is exactly the shot

If all goes well I'm off to the Smokies this weekend to complete an off-trail route. Interested? 

7:01 a.m. on April 11, 2018 (EDT)
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While I love to read books every night, I will drop one in a heartbeat to delve into an interesting topo map so the familiar terrain stands out to me like a good book...should have been a geographer or been born when the country was still being "discovered" (no offense to those with native American bloodline).

I wish I could join you... Seems like there is a conspiracy between work and life to keep me off the trail before my big trip. Those first few days are going to hurt until I get my hill legs under me.

10:17 a.m. on April 12, 2018 (EDT)
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Snow in the yard last night, April 11.  The weather is all over the place in the spring.  It is a good time for the low elevation places like wildlife refuges and the desert. And maybe Walker River. 

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