After a long wet winter, it's finally beginning to feel like spring! It rained almost every day this week, but most days, there were at least a few hours of sunshine. The rhubarb in my parents backyard has finally started to sprout, a promise of rhubarb pie in the near future. Skunk cabbage is blooming, and while I have yet to see any, I've heard the trillium is too. Even so, our March Alpine Trails Book Club hike on Saturday was surprisingly wintry. On a trail a little over 2000' above sea level, we wound up in an unexpected snowstorm. While the cold, damp weather made our 7 mile hike one of the quickest in book club history, the storm made for some magical conditions along the trail. Once again, winter seems reluctant to leave Puget Sound!