A trip south to escape our long winter

Our Northern winter keeps coming with record amounts of snowfall and colder days than usual. This year we decided to escape the cold and head south. The morning we left the temperature hovered in the teens with bright sunshine glistening off the frozen ice on the trees. Crossing from Minnesota into Iowa brought us less snow. By southern Missouri we found blooming daffodils, and by northeastern Texas we saw redbud trees in bloom. With each passing state the temperatures were warmer and our smiles were bigger.

We experienced spring thunderstorms with heavy rain, and even a tornado warning. We rode our bikes in warm sunshine and in blustery winds. We sat outside without heavy coats, hats and gloves. We watched the sun set over open water. We reveled in green grass and the flowers and trees. It was a welcome assault to our senses to be surrounded by the colors of spring and the sounds of birds.

Dogwood trees were in full bloom, their blossoms so delicate and bright. We were talking to another cyclist (also from the North) who couldn’t contain her excitement over seeing tulips in bloom. That sent us on a driving trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. We spent two hours soaking up the colors of tulip blooms – every color imaginable! We would pinch ourselves and then look at the weather app showing the temps back north in the 20’s and yet another snowfall.

After three weeks we began our journey back home. A cold front had dropped way south out of Canada and we had temperatures below freezing for the journey north. Our winter clothes and coats came back out of the closet and as we drove the season reversed back into late winter. We arrived home with more snow on the ground than when we left, but our minds were filled with the beauty of spring and the knowledge that eventually the warmth will return here too, bringing the colors and sights that we had absorbed on our trip.

6 thoughts on “A trip south to escape our long winter

  1. Jan Swanson March 26, 2023 / 3:32 pm

    Thank you Linda, for sharing spring. It is a mere trickle of flow in the creek bed underneath the winter scape in my back area, I hear it, it whispers “I’m on my way”. Jan

    • lindastaatsphoto March 27, 2023 / 9:01 am

      Sometimes we need to listen really hard to hear that whisper….so glad it’s making itself audible to you, Jan. Happy Spring!

  2. ELVIRA BUZICKY March 26, 2023 / 6:02 pm

    Linda, Those were beautiful pictures and the right up was great. As usual you express news so well. Thank you for your visit and help. Love you, Vi


  3. Sheri March 28, 2023 / 12:56 pm

    Thank you for a quick trip into spring! 🌷🌷

    • lindastaatsphoto March 29, 2023 / 8:19 am

      You’re welcome, Sheri! Although you’ve been enjoying spring color for awhile already 🙂
      Hope you’re doing well!

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