It's 71 (F) degrees outside! I couldn't help but be giddy as I had glanced at the weather briefly and decided to announce this finding to no one. It's February, and it's in the 70s. Crazy. And that it is: crazy. February is typically our second snowiest and often one of the coldest months of the year, and yet it's pretty much been sunshine and lollipops.
I'm trying not to get too excited about it because I know our fickle weather patterns and am well aware that we are in for less-than-ideal conditions as winter moves into spring. In fact, March is usually the snowiest month, so I have no delusions that winter is over for us locally. However, it has been a welcomed break from the cold, I must say.
With the warmer temperatures, those constantly-in-shade winter spots are nearly all melted, making it a lot easier to get around on two wheels again. Sam and I even traveled by bike in the dark (something I generally avoid when it's cold and there's potential for unseen ice) to a destination a few nights ago. I couldn't help but think it felt more like summer was on its way than the reality that we still sit in the midst of our snowy and cold season.
I've even paid more attention to structures and their shadows - and where those shadows are in relation to other objects. It's interesting to watch as we rotate our way back to spring and summer, but ultimately I understand that the position of the sun is attempting to lull me into a false sense of spring as well.
No matter. I'm enjoying riding to destinations and enjoying the sun and warmth for as long as possible. I have found myself appreciating the ability to pedal with ease and less mental (and sometimes physical) stress and strain too. I am grateful for the winter break. Even if it isn't leading directly into springtime weather, I know we're heading in the right direction.