March 16, 2014 – Northern California
I realize that about 80% of my fellow Americans don’t want to hear this, but it seems that winter never really showed its face here in Northern California. While endless snowbanks had most of the US shivering in their homes, here we search the skies for any sign of a cloud and walk the streets in shorts and t-shirts (oh, the horror!). Since I can do nothing about the weather except perform some half-assed rain dances (in truth these are nothing more than recycled 1980’s dance moves), my only choice is to enjoy the boon of early wildflowers while on my hikes. I’m hoping that I’ll find a few late blooms of wildflowers during my John Muir Trail trip in August.