Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. (1 Peter 4:10)

Promised, but not yet true. This afternoon, I logged five miles. Let’s call this a “shoulder hike,” since I elected my Keen hikers and Yak Trax and walked on the roads, rather than hitting the trails in snowshoes. And I saw something! There, on the side of the road…shining, reflective, like ice — yet when the little breeze slipped by, I saw the surface move!

Water! It was water! and nearby, something brown, with greenish-brown wisps coming out of it. Wait! Could it be? Oh, sweet Lord, yes it is — it is a patch of bare ground!

Things are melting!!!

It’s only March 8, and we still have some really cold nights and days in the forecast. But Spring is a promise, and I saw the promise today.

Near one of the roads I hiked, I saw this — open water, part of the channel system that connects our chain of lakes:


And then, on the way home, I snapped this shot of Big Island Lake, which is where my little house in the woods by the lake calls home:


This is the lake on March 8, 2014. I plan to take a picture every day until it’s open water again.

A bonus for today’s hike: I found my iPod! Music greatly enhances the hiking experience. Today, my random shuffle was hitting the classical playlists. Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches; some wonderful Chopin piano pieces; and a few Bach organ pieces — my soul is always stirred by music, and today was no exception. Anyone watching me would have been quite entertained. I’m sure none of the artists have been conducted in precisely this fashion before! Some music just won’t let your hands and feet be still.

A day that started off cloudy has turned into blue skies and bright sun. I counted up the months, and realized that even in a year with a really tough winter like this one, the bad weather takes up only a third of our time. My next project is to figure out why the other two thirds goes by so quickly!

Spring is a promise, and I intend to walk with the promise each day.

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