2009-03-19 / Outdoors

Signs of Spring

Photos by Thomas Reznich


PRE-SPRING TRAINING RUN Above) Mountain bikers Joelle Sherman, 41, of Gaylord (foreground) and Jeff Fox, 42, of Grayling pedal up a hill next to the South Higgins Lake State Park around midday Monday as they took their first bike ride of 2009. The trip around Higgins Lake was the beginning of training season for both cyclists, who said they plan to compete in mountain biking events this year.\ PRE-SPRING TRAINING RUN Above) Mountain bikers Joelle Sherman, 41, of Gaylord (foreground) and Jeff Fox, 42, of Grayling pedal up a hill next to the South Higgins Lake State Park around midday Monday as they took their first bike ride of 2009. The trip around Higgins Lake was the beginning of training season for both cyclists, who said they plan to compete in mountain biking events this year.\ HERE COMES MR. ICE (Top, right) A wall of ice seems to wink as it comes ashore on Houghton Lake's West Shore Monday afternoon. The annual pile-up is occurring at many points along the lake's 35 miles of shoreline and should have plenty of impact this year, with over two feet of ice still on much of the lake as of March 16. HERE COMES MR. ICE (Top, right) A wall of ice seems to wink as it comes ashore on Houghton Lake's West Shore Monday afternoon. The annual pile-up is occurring at many points along the lake's 35 miles of shoreline and should have plenty of impact this year, with over two feet of ice still on much of the lake as of March 16. HIGH TEMPERATURE (Center) A thermometer at the office of Dr. Daniel McGregor in Prudenville indicates 70 degrees a few minutes before 6 p.m. on March 16. The high temperature, which was one degree short of a record set for the day in 1927, was well above the 55-degree high posted for the area by the National Weather Service Monday. HIGH TEMPERATURE (Center) A thermometer at the office of Dr. Daniel McGregor in Prudenville indicates 70 degrees a few minutes before 6 p.m. on March 16. The high temperature, which was one degree short of a record set for the day in 1927, was well above the 55-degree high posted for the area by the National Weather Service Monday. EARLY ARRIVALS A flock of geese grazes next to open water on Houghton Lake near the mouth of the Muskegon River Monday afternoon. The vociferous gaggle, and many others like it, have been noisily announcing the beginning of spring for the last week or so. EARLY ARRIVALS A flock of geese grazes next to open water on Houghton Lake near the mouth of the Muskegon River Monday afternoon. The vociferous gaggle, and many others like it, have been noisily announcing the beginning of spring for the last week or so.

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