I seriously doubt anyone stayed at home today. How could they, with brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 60s even right next to Lake Superior? I certainly didn’t.
My day started out on the Lakewalk with good running friends. We were a pack of four, but we met much larger groups of runners thundering down the path. It was as if anyone who owned a pair of running shoes was out there. For good reason. Skirting the harbor, the view was unsurpassed. Little iceberglets floated in the calm water, and the bridge reflected perfectly on the glassy surface. The water’s blue was even deeper than that of the sky. The gray days of winter faded from our memories as we embraced this sudden spring moment.
Exchanging my running clothes for cycling gear, Rich and I headed up the shore for an afternoon bike ride. Our starting point was Gooseberry Falls – along with the rest of the world. We were lucky to find a parking place, and had to pick our way through the crowds to get to the falls. There we found water rushing over and through the ice that still covered much of the river. Quite a unique sight.Riding along the shore, water was flowing everywhere. The rocky cliffs that line the road were oozing with water, dripping over the edges and down the craggy formations. Rivulets ran at the base of the rocks and through the brush. There was one waterfall in particular that we hoped to see, and were not disappointed. Only in the spring, does water shoot out from the rocks into Lake Superior like this.
I was unprepared as well. Expecting it to be “cooler by the lake” I had overdressed, and sweltered in the sunny 60-degree heat of the day. But I wasn’t about to complain. The only misfortune was the fact that the ice cream shop in Beaver Bay was not open. We had both independently secreted cash in our pockets, intent on stopping to indulge.
I know it’s only March 12. And that even the calendar shows it isn’t spring yet. I’m too well versed in the ways of the Northland to think that this will last. One look at the weather forecast tells me tomorrow will be very different. All the more reason I so enjoyed today’s Spring Fling.