I was walking through an Albertsons' parking lot this morning, on my way to Starbucks, when I felt an unfamiliar sensation. It took me a few seconds to realize what it was.
It was warmth.
The sun was out, the sky was reasonably blue, and for the first time this year, the air was warm with the promise of Spring.
So I went hiking. I had to go by myself, as Galena and Caedmon are in Denver for the weekend, visiting one of Galena's college friends. But it was beautiful and enjoyable nevertheless.
There was too much snow to get up to some of my favorite hikes (Rachel Lake, Deception Creek, Lake Serene, and so forth), so I tried out a hike near the town of Index up to Heybrook Lookout. It was fairly short (about a mile and a half up or so), but steep, and with reasonably nice scenery around. It was missing lakes and streams, two of my favorite things about the woods, and the trail finished by connecting with a Forest Service road, which is one of my pet peeves. Even so, it was good to be out again after a winter full of wet and sloth.