It wasn't a terribly inviting day, but it wasn't raining and it was cold enough that the muddy ground was partly frozen. I needed to get outside, so I went to Kickapoo. I parked at the start of the Out and Back, then went in by the Emerald Pond trail and up to my favorite lunch spot. The wind off the lake was much too brisk to sit in my usual spot, but I found a spot on the lee side of the hill that was fine. Then I came back along the Out and Back, for a nice total of about 5 miles.
I didn't see any signs of spring in the plants. There were a few birds around. A kingfisher, lots of noisy geese, tree sparrows, juncos, crows, a red-bellied woodpecker, a red-tail, and most pleasing to me, some bluebirds. Along the river on the Emerald Pond trail, beavers have been wreaking havoc. They've taken down several large trees, blocking the path in one place. The only furry critter I actually saw was a possum which actually looked rather cute.