With the shape of the Earth, we southerners get the Spring first. As the Earth leans, the sun climbs up the latitudes.
Excerpt from the book, Walking with Spring:
In April 1948, the 11-year-old Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was pretty much a wreck: Volunteer maintainers who hadn't been called to combat couldn't get rationed gasoline to get out there to keep it clear. In April 1948, so, pretty much, was Earl Shaffer, self-dubbed "The Crazy One." He had come home from war in the Pacific where he had lost the dearest friend of his life. He needed to walk it off, and he did with the most primitive of gear. In four months, he walked with the merging spring from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, in Maine.
(Grandma Gatewood, hiked the trail with an army blanket, wearing Keds, and an old shower curtain, at 67 in 1955)
I liked the name of the book, because that is what the hikers do, follow spring as they hike the 2167 miles north every year.
(The White Mountains)
Each year about 2,000 hikers start the trek. In the end 300-500 make it. It is a tough hike, but it is through some absolutely beautiful country. This year we will miss it. We are heading to Mexico and around the country to Utah.
(IN the White Mountains)
Sherry has been following hikers already on the net. Some start as early as February, that way they are thru the Smokies before the crowd.
(Below is Jeb Dominick trail name “Dixie Grits” of Mobile, Al. he started the trail on Feb. 28, I think he said his 60th BD) http://www.trailjournals.com/about.cfm?trailname=14171
His picture of the trail at McClure Gap on the trail
(Dixie Grits has been hiking in some cold weather he had some snow and a lot of ice. Good luck Dixie, All the way, GAME!)
Most of us feel better in the spring, it raises our spirits. Even the Gypsies start to want to see home. I want to play in my storage shed. I am thinking about putting a hot water heater in it for the Washer.
We do like to see things grow, I do like to have our own tomatoes. But that is about as far as we go with gardening.
So get ready for Spring, some folk are already enjoying it.
Thanks for stopping by the log.
A wise person enjoys spring, it is the brightest gift of the year.
1953 Kurtis 500S Roadster. I have never seen this car until the last couple days…