One of the best parts of spring in the North woods is the re-emergence of animal and plant life. After the long winter of cold and snow (don’t get me wrong there are great parts about that, too) it is nice to see some movement and activity.
Last night I walked over to Hidden Lake, a small pond/bog/lake near camp, and launched my canoe a little after 5:30 pm. Whether it is the tranquil water bubbling as oxygen is released from the bog below or the sounds of the Spring Peeper (a little frog with big pipes) I could literally feel the life starting to boil up around me.
As I sat in the middle of the lake I noticed two things:
1. The beaver economy is apparently booming as over the winter the family of beavers made their humble lodge into a glorious palace. Beavers live at home for at least the first 2 years of life, so therefore mom and dad beaver must have had some help from their teenagers!
2. Turtles have the life! When it is cold, they bury down under the ice, slow their heart rates way down, and literally just chill. When the sun comes out and the ice melts away, they spend their day socializing on logs in the sun. I want to be a turtle…