After our big snowfall earlier this week, it has turned ridiculously warm. The snow is melting at an incredible rate. When Shyla and I rolled out the door this morning before sunrise, it was already 40°F!
It was that warm despite the cloud cover to the east that dimmed the sunshine.
I have been curious about whether the warm spells have been luring bears out of their dens. This year, no bears are snuggled in the den that I monitor. I've checked the "normal bear paths" several times this winter after warm spells, and I haven't seen bear tracks (but I have seen cat tracks - photos will be coming soon). So, my guess is that the bears may be sun bathing in front of their den entrances but they aren't walking far away from their dens. That's smart - because I feel sure that Winter will be back again soon.
Thanks to the warmth, I was able to pedal through the heavy melting snow up to Hug Hill. That was a treat - and both Shyla and I enjoyed visiting the vista. In normal winters, the snow makes it impossible to get here for weeks on end. So today's visit was a treat.