Verdant ferns and mosses nipped at the frosted edges of receding snow. For the moment winter was in steady retreat, sending occasional drips of icy meltwater to the back of the neck or tip of the nose from sandstone overhangs and swaying hemlock branches.
We took advantage of warmer weather and a non-school day to hike in the Hocking Hills this week. The temporary thaw didn’t extend to all sections of trail -we still did plenty of slipping and sliding, hanging onto rails and trees in spots to keep at least one foot in contact with the ground, but it was renewing to wander the woods without the shivers of the past few weeks. And it was almost magical to see frozen falls transforming back into waterfalls again.