Week of March 11, 2018

The American Birkebeiner Ski Race (50 or 55 km) was held two weeks ago. Birchwood had a strong showing with Andy Sorenson, Ben Creagh, Chris Creagh, William Sikorski and I all present and accounted for. John Winter joined in at the Korteloppet (25 km).  The snow was excellent and the trails were in perfect condition.  This group of six are regulars, so no doubt we will be at the starting line in 2019. Wish us luck!
I look forward to the Birkie after a long winter.  To me it marks the beginning of spring.  All of a sudden the sun is up longer and the birds are flying through.  Last week I heard seven trumpeter swans flying overhead as well as some great horned owls hooting in the woods.  The pileated woodpeckers are busy and I spotted a bald eagle as well.  Believe it or not, spring really is on the way.
One sad note: Linda Moore passed away a month ago.  She was a good neighbor and will be missed.  Our condolences to Charlie.