This is the spring I dream of. Warm, sunny, bird-chirpy and full of mud. It seems funny that of all the smells I've smelled, one of my most favorite is the aroma of recently upturned dirt. There such a sweet irony to the idea that something we associate semantically with filth and nastiness can smell so dang clean. I once bought C this Demeter cologne, and was pleasantly surprised that this was no essence de pig, but was rather an almost perfect replication of the beautifully musty, heavenly clean smell of a mud pie.
Yesterday, C and I took out our cross-country skis and had a nice little jaunt through the woods. I know that there won't be enough snow cover for this activity much longer, because along our way, we passed puddle after pond after small lake of standing water.
I got a good look at one, in particular. After visiting our co-workers/friends/fellow-commune-dwellers on the other side of the [real] pond, we turned around to take a slightly different route home. This route would bring us down along the shore and back to connect to the lakeside trail that would take us home. One of these friends had, 15 minutes earlier, pointed out the dead beaver that was "resting" at the base of a pine tree near the trail. This was, allegedly, for luring coyotes, but was still pretty much an identifiable beaver at this point, albeit with entrails stringing out along the ground.
Anyhow, we hiked up the snowbank by the driveway and whooshed our way down toward the shore trail, all with the grace and beauty of a pair of hippos on ice skates. Sure, it was a little mushy down there, but with 60-degree weather in March, what's not mushy? We pressed on.
And then I pressed a little too far forward.
Have you ever seen such a stride?
I don't have a picture of what happened next, because unfortunately my iPhone was under 4 inches of water for most of the duration. The tree well - the beaver-tree well - had filled with gallons and gallons [and gallons] of snowmelt, and though covered by a thinnish layer of snow, the dark water was the clear property holder. Here, in this slushy mess, I lurched. And in the briefest instant, I was on my stomach, drinking it all in...
gulp after beaverish gulp.
Fortunately, my phone came through the incident astonishingly well, and despite being soaking wet, I was adequately warm in the toasty afternoon air. Apart from the squishing in my boots, all was fine in the world.
Relatively fine, I suppose.
The aroma of dirt wafting through the air is a high point of this particular spring, but the giardia is bound to be a real downer.