I forgot to mention that yesterday’s Intrepid Hikers found a bit of snow/ice in a very sheltered north-side spot right next to the AT.

No sign of the earliest spring vegetation, though. I saw a few vultures high up, but neither heard nor saw birds among the trees. Instead, I heard the spring-blush of water tumbling down the balds and ledges and steep slopes—a very happy sound in these drought-times….

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