Like the rest of Litchfield County, I have been practically relishing in the spring weather that we have had lately. My vacation started on Friday when the temps soared into the 70’s in many locations. I was amazed to say the least. My first day of vacation and I was in heaven with the whole spring fever thing. Then, Saturday came and out went those temps just as fast as they came in. Oh well, it was still great weather to be outdoors and do some early season hiking. I headed out to Whites Woods in Litchfield on Sunday. I couldn’t have asked for a better day out. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the folks were out and about everywhere enjoying what mother nature threw our way. I hiked along the trails that led up to the boardwalk, and once I arrived to the boardwalk, I saw just how bad our winter had been. The boardwalk was badly damaged, even falling apart in some places. I’m confident, however, that the fine folks at White Memorial will be able to work on the repairs that are needed.
As I walked along the boardwalk, I couldn’t help but love how everyone seemed to be enjoying such a great day. Many were out and about bird watching as others were hiking with their family. This was without a doubt a warm welcome spring, and I couldn’t wait to see more of this weather after the brutal winter we had.
Then, Monday hit. Temps barely got out of the 30’s as I was making my way to my health club down in Bristol and a dusting to 2″ of snow blanketed the Litchfield Hills. Well, looks like someone forgot to tell mother nature we just started celebrating the first day of spring! So much for enjoying another spring hike in Whites Woods anytime soon. Mother nature has yet again fooled us into believing it was spring. Nope, this is New England. Winter can, and will, last until mid April, and since this is the Litchfield Hills, that statement will undoubtedly hold true. Let’s just hope for our sake, however, that mother nature will cut us all a break after the winter we’ve had.
Around noon, it was still snowing as I made my way back to Torrington. I couldn’t believe my vacation was starting to look like January all over again. My assumptions are that mother nature knew I was going on vacation so she purposely called the snow gods. Well, I have news for her. I’m not sticking around. Nope. In fact, I will be driving south come Tuesday morning to spend a week with my father and the rest of my family in Virginia. Take that mother nature, I’m not getting stuck here with you and your bipolar ways. I hope, however, that she doesn’t have the same effect that she is having on New England right now. Though beautiful, I am ready for spring. I am ready for those warm summer days of R&R at Burr Pond in Torrington, and I think I can speak for the rest of Torrington when I say that. Don’t worry, those days will be here before we know it, even if we have to tackle mother nature for it like we were in a football game.