After a quiet, rainy work week, our annual mid-winter spring preview arrived just in time for the weekend! Perfect timing too, since I signed up for my first winter work party with the Washington Trails Association on Saturday. It was a good thing we lucked into dry weather, because our work site conditions were anything but. Our task for the day was building several puncheon structures (those boardwalks you see on particularly muddy stretches of trail) through a literal mud pit. As usual, it was enormously rewarding and so much fun! After working so hard on Saturday, I spent Sunday relaxing and catching up with one of my oldest friends at her new lakefront cabin home out in the country. With such an unseasonably lovely day, we decided to row around the lake to soak up the sunshine before returning to her patio for a lunch cooked over a fire. It was the perfect break from the doom and gloom of winter, the memory of which may have to last the next several months until the sun returns to stay!