After a quick look at the 10 day forecast, I feel pretty confident in saying that winter will soon give way to unencumbered hikes and bike rides on the towpath. Likewise, fishermen will soon be casting their lines in the open waters of Battie Mixon’s fishing hole (the canal) below Oldtown. After slipping and sliding on the towpath and AT–and taking a bath in Big Run on the Log Roll Trail–I’m definitely ready for a decent hike. Soon, Old Man Winter’s white beard will give way to the whites of Dutchman’s Breeches and Bloodroot. Until then, here are a couple of parting shots.