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March 24, 2013

Spring has sprung, but winter gets a last laugh

Spring has sprung. 

But who would know? 

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Vernal Equinox occurred at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday morning. But as I write, this winter is having its last say and some wet snow is piling up throughout the Northeast.

This has been one my less active winters for outdoor recreation. Shortly after Christmas, my wife and I got right out on the snowshoes and trekked around the woods behind our home. Then that snow was gone and never really was replaced. I’ve had the snowplow on my Jeep just three times. Rather than drive to the interior of the Adirondacks for some cross-country skiing, I’ve opted instead to get out a few times in my kayak or go small game hunting.

I did manage to get some ice fishing in, but it was limited to an afternoon on Schroon Lake in January and about a week in February on Lake George. From then on my schedule has been pretty busy, and I’ve missed out on some decent ice fishing for sure.

While at times it has looked like spring here in the eastern Adirondacks, tell that to the folks in other parts of the region. Recently ice anglers were still driving trucks on Schroon Lake, and there was more than a foot of ice in parts of Lake George’s north basin. A friend who lives in Inlet said there was still two feet of ice on Fourth Lake.

Several Champlain Valley snowmobile clubs had little action, but the rest of the Adirondacks have had a normal winter in terms of snowpack. Snowmobilers have been having at it in the normal haunts: Old Forge, Speculator, Tupper Lake and so on. Unfortunately there have been some tragedies involved, too, as five snowmobilers died in the Adirondacks in the span of a week in late February.

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