Rousted out of my snow-drunk stupor this past Monday afternoon, I realize winter is over. The 65-degree reading on the thermometer along with the sunny blue ski, oops, sky, have ended the Adirondack ski and snow bender of 2010-11. It was fun while it lasted and the resulting hangover is benign; I’m left with a good fitness level and tons of energy from months of great skiing.
It is clearly time to make the transition to non-snow related outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks. Some people have already made the change to warm weather activities. Braver cycling enthusiasts have been on the road for 3 weeks and adventurous paddlers are keeping an eye on the large, rapidly moving water fueled by melting snow and spring rain. Trout season is open and hearty anglers have been hitting the thawing rivers and ponds since April 1.
As the snow melts the faded grays and greens of the landscape morph into the verdant, vibrant chartreuse and shimmering emerald vegetation for which the Adirondacks are famous. The melting snow also reveals fall’s leftovers; half-finished outdoor projects ready for the next step. From outdoor athletic pursuits to cleanup chores, springtime in the Adirondacks provides plenty of outlets for the winter’s skiing-generated energy.
Springtime in the Adirondacks is also best experienced up close. Instead of winter’s impressive snow-capped mountain vistas, in the spring, one notices the smaller or more subtle things that make the Adirondacks so special. The pace picks up, and outside, the birds noisily establishing their territory compete with the sound of rushing water and peepers. Symbolically, this is the time of planting seeds and new beginnings, a great time anywhere, but exhilarating in the Adirondacks.