Being from ‘away’ I often feel like spring in Maine is somewhat of a myth, it is long awaited yet gone in a fleeting moment. It seems like we go from freezing nights to 70 degree days without any transition time.
Springs arrival cannot consistently be predicted even by the trusty local farmer’s almanac. This year as we head to the end of April many of the lakes still have ice on them but in previous years we have had 80 degree days and have been swimming in Great Pond. The poor crocuses and daffodils have had to battle their way through left over snow piles and the still freezing nighttime temperatures to make their colorful appearance.
This is the local joke here about the seasons. We have hopefully skipped right over mud season this year as the orange cones are already out on many of our local roads. The transformation from winter to summer is sometimes so fast you blink and miss it.
The studded snow tires are off the car, kayak racks replace ski racks, the famers markets are moving back outdoors, snow shoes are exchanged for hiking boots, the sand we put down on the driveway is now shoveled back up and we are ready for the new season.
There is a definite hint of color in the trees although it will be a few more weeks until we see actual leaves. Promise fills the air as the sun shines for more hours a day, the sky is so blue and there isn’t even the murmur of the ‘s’ word in the weather forecast.
At this time of year there is a frenetic pace around the Camp Runoia office. The fruits of our winter labors are about to come to fruition and we want to be well prepared for the harvest. We are fielding phone calls and emails from parents who are keen to get their paperwork and registration details squared away, staff are beginning to plan their travel and orders are being placed for a myriad of items that we will need to get the season started. The cabin list is full with just a few beds open for those last minute sign ups and we are so excited to put the faces to the names that we have been looking at all winter.
Hurry up summer, we will be ready!