Rain, Green Leaves, and a Fire Permit

First off, we do now have a fire permit! The permit allows us to have small fires from noon until midnight.  Please be sure to put them out with a hose at the end of the night, or if you are leaving it unattended.  Let the S’mores begin!

The weekend was nice and sunny, a welcome sight after a week of rain and showers.  Yesterday (Monday) was also a really nice day, but the next couple days look a little soggy.

This has made for some really nice colors around the area though. The grass has turned very green, and the leaves have just about finished coming out.  The only trees that haven’t finished coming out are the Oak trees. They are always the last to drop the leaves and last  to pop out in the Spring. The river has also really turned green, even though the water level seems to have dropped again.  I am thinking they must be holding back Merrymeeting lake upstream, and trying to keep Winnipesaukee a little more full after the dry Spring.

In the picture above you can see one of the beavers heading across the river to the beaver house.  I also saw what we thought was either a Cardinal or an Oriole. It was hard to tell as it was a female, so the colors were not super bright.

We have gotten our first load of bark mulch, and hope to get it spread once the rain stops. Things are looking pretty nice around here.  Lyndi has been loving being outside, and her new favorite thing seems to be the swings.  See you all soon!

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Great Egret at the river

I wanted to do a quick post to show the Great Egret we saw down at the river today.

The Egret was down at the opening of the river next to Route 11 almost to the traffic circle.   My mom was the first one of us to see it, and took me down to take some pictures.  It was still there a few hours later, and may even still be there now.  I thought it was pretty neat, a first time for me to see one for sure!

The Big Thaw

I am sure most people are interested in how warm it was here today.  Well, according to my thermometer the high for today was 60.1°  In the truck I saw it get as high as 61°, not too much different.

The weather really was pretty amazing, especially considering the date; it is only March 8!  The snow levels dropped pretty drastically over the last day or so, and because of this the mud is starting to get deep.

Down at the river I actually saw my first Canadian Goose of the season.  Seems early by the calendar, but certainly not the weather outside.  There is also a lot of little bugs in the river. They look a lot like dragonfly larvae, but it is a bit hard to tell this early as they are very small now.  It is pretty encouraging to see so many signs of spring happening all around the park.  It is enough to make you start to think it is more than just a fluke.

Our boat ramp was covered in snow yesterday and is clear today.  I was pretty tempted to take the canoe out today, as the river looks pretty easily passable as far as the ice is concerned.  I will be trying to get out there this weekend, probably Sunday as it looks to be the much warmer day of the two.

The warm weather sure is giving everybody Spring fever, and I for one can’t wait to do some boating, biking, and hiking this Spring and Summer. Bring on the warm temps!