According to the latest weather forecast Sunday is supposed to be AWESOME!!!!!!! Barely a breeze and SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY!!!! Our sledding hill should survive today's warmer temps since it is north facing, and there MIGHT be enough snow for cross country skiing for the independent spirit, the trails don't have enough snow to have them groomed, but this old snow is definitely packed! We will have the fire cranked up in the "Grotto" to help keep the chill off, and of course the "Beast" (pizza oven) will be hot and glowing! Remember... the Grotto is a warming hut to take the winter chill off for outdoor re-creationist's but it is still basically outdoors. During these warmer days we can get the Grotto up to approx 45-50F, so dress for it. If you can keep your feet warm, it is surprising how the rest of you is automatically much more comfortable, bring those little "toe warmer" packets if you got 'em!
Even if there isn't enough snow left for cross country skiing, it is still a GORGEOUS time to hike through the refuge since there is only a couple of inches of snow, and most of that is packed tight.
The local river and some of the lakes still have some open water which means that birds like the Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans and Canada Geese haven't migrated. If they aren't here on the property you may be able to catch glimpses of them just down the road near the Trade River... you may also be able to catch a glimpse of the resident otters, so bring your hiking boots and camera, and of course...your appetite!