So it's not officially March 20 yet.
It feels close enough to that date, though, to be able to say it.
Spring is here.
There's been multiple times I've walked outside the past week or so without a jacket and not been cold.
My cats are going absolutely nuts over all the birds in our yard.
I actually had to put the windows down in my car one day because I was warm.
Ah, blessed spring.
The freezing temperatures and need for winter gloves and hats has hopefully passed. I'm not naive enough to think that it won't snow again, or get below freezing, I'm just really hoping it doesn't.
After all, there's only 36 days until the opening day of trout season. And shortly after that, I'll be able to fish and keep a bass should I catch one that's large enough to hold on to.
I bought a new fishing rod Tuesday, and stocked up on some spinners and yum dingers. There seems to be clearance racks going up everywhere selling fishing items. So of course, Kevin and I have taken it upon ourselves to stock up on all the goodies we can.
In a recent trip to Gander Mountain at the Lycoming Mall near Muncy, a bargain bin was full of the bait we use throughout the season.
Last weekend, as I was perusing through a bin at Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg (there was a five-hour gap in action at the PIAA Wrestling Championships, so I had to do something) I found more of the yum dingers in a different color that I purchased.
It seems lately, every free second that Kevin and I have to chat, he asks me at least once or twice if I want to go fishing. Of course, since my days have been consumed covering high school sporting events on the weekends, it's been a bit hard to accommodate him.
But, the time will come when we'll both be able to slip into some old sneakers, slap on the bug spray and stand in Pine Creek or the Susquehanna River and enjoy some good ole' fashion fishing time.
And no doubt, I'll still catch more than him.
Other than fishing, I do have some fun things lined up for this summer that I'll hopefully be able to share with you all. I can't give anything away just yet as my plan is still in the early stages.
Let's just say, it is going to involve some high-tech (or not so high-tech) equipment and getting down and dirty with some of Pennsylvania's many small streams and waterways.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, that's a good thing.