This has been a particularly trying week for me. Monday morning was not only cold and depressing as only a Monday can be – then add to that it snowed! I think that someone forgot to read the memo that read that Spring is now here! I wish the meteorologists would get their act together and create some seasonal weather for us. This “frequent snowstorm” alert just isn’t cutting it, not in my book!
Nothing is better than a bare hike in the Springtime. First and foremost, it’s great to be able to wander and explore clothes-free after the Winter doldrums. Secondly, it’s fun to strip and hang-out clothes-free with acquaintances and friends after the same Winter season. The first hike of the Spring helps to welcome a return of the re-birth and renewal of nature following the barren and almost lifeless period of hibernation. Plus, it’s just absolutely fantastic to be completely naked outdoors again!
I suppose I shouldn’t be so impatient, but I am at last able to share the fact that a “taste” of Spring-like temperatures have belatedly arrived in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area! By no means is the winter completely finished – I am much too savvy in the fickle patterns of weather to admit that. There are some aspects of life that never change and one of those is the reliability of our weather. The later days of this past week and the weekend provided us with a sampling of what’s (hopefully) coming our way!
Warning: Under no circumstance toss away your Winter outdoor gear or warm, snuggly blanket anytime soon! It may be officially and methodologically Spring now, but that fact doesn’t guarantee warmer temperatures anytime soon! Case in point, the second day of Spring had the northeastern region of the USA facing major snowfall, including the mid-Atlantic area where yours truly lives. I had to clean my car off twice: when I left in the early morning to take the subway into work and then again when I left the subway to return home.
For those of us residing north of the Equator, today is the first day of Spring for 2018! For many of us, the days not only continue to grow longer as daylight lingers before sunset, but the outside temperatures slowly begin to warm as well. Change is in the air and around us everywhere! I realize that it’s a little premature to strip off all my clothes and traipse about in nature bare – but that day (hopefully) isn’t too far away!
Usually, by this time of the year, many of us are definitely ready for the seasonal change from Winter into Spring. We are too tired with the dreary surroundings that come with the cold weather. The bare trees, the lack of colorful flowers, the absence of sunshine all combine to make every day seem endless. The cold weather and forceful winds aren’t very pleasant and perpetuate the feeling that the season will never go away.
Here in the USA, this upcoming Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2:00 a.m., marks the return of Daylight Savings Time (DST) for the 2018 calendar year. This time change reflects the adding of additional daylight time into each day for the duration of the season. All clocks and watches should be advanced one hour at 2:00 a.m. Thus, 2:01 a.m. becomes 3:01 a.m. This affords everyone with an “extra” hour of daylight daily as the weather outside is better suited to for outdoor activities.