Spring is arriving slowly this year

As April continues, so does the slow process of spring.

Here in the southern part of the state, of course spring is quite a bit ahead of the north. Ice on area lakes is quickly thawing and ice fishing is about over. Ponds are open and full of geese and ducks preparing for the nesting season. I even saw some white pelicans on the river near Faribault.

Driving north about 200 miles it's a different story. We did that this past weekend to check out the cabin. As we headed north the snow line appeared around Mille Lacs Lake. We barely made it through the driveway at the Cabin. There were full-sized trucks driving on the lake, which does have a ton of good ice on it. We buried the four wheeler on the way off the ice, in a three foot snow drift. Even the deck has three feet of snow on it. There is definitely more snow than grass.

We easily drove our snowmobiles to the neighbors’ shed for summer storage. Just to prove a point we got stuck in the snow on our way out of the driveway Sunday afternoon.

Ice out is surely three weeks away in the north. It is April however, and spring is coming. For those who tend wood duck houses, it is time to put them up or clean the old ones and add new nesting material. The robins and other birds are here and spring will come, though it looks like it will be a slow process.

Spring Turkey season is also just around the corner.