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In the upper Midwest, March is often referred to as "mud month." When the snow pack is deep, as has been the case this winter, the gradual melt leaves a patchwork of potential outdoor footfalls. On a hike yesterday, my steps took me over icy ruts, muddy bare ground, still deep snowdrifts, and slushy puddles. Depending on where I was on this trek, I could have benefited from snowshoes, hiking boots or crampons. March keeps us guessing, not only on hikes, but with respect to the weather. Temperature and precipitation variations are common this month, and often extreme. Transitions can be wild rides.
“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.”                                                          Aldo Leopold
 

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