Field Report No. 20170310AH
Conditions: Cold, then warm, then cold
As world renown lyricist, Rebecca Black, once said, “It’s Friday!”
COMMENTS: For some of us, most of us, maybe all of us, Friday is a celebration of the end of a long, taxing work week. We count the days, hours, and minutes until our time belongs to us once again. Maybe you join your friends for after-work libations or rush to the gym to squeeze in some cardio before a long weekend of intemperance.
Now that the sunshine has teased us with its presence, we long for warm weather activities. Even a marginal increase in temperature finds us clamoring for golf clubs and pumping up bike tires. Sure, we love winter and skiing and slipping on ice with our hands stuffed in our oversized coats, but it’s hard to deny the effect of a little sunshine. 50 degrees in the fall and I’m wearing a sleeping bag to work. 50 degrees in the spring and I’m dressed like Guy Fieri, throwing a Frisbee around at the boat launch. Spring is coming which means summer is right around the metaphorical corner (you know how seasons work)—I can smell the sunscreen and limes already!
FEATURES: This time of year, we can have it all. I yearn for summer but I plan to take advantage of every bit of winter we have left. Go on an adventure this weekend and tell us how it went!
RECOMMENDATIONS: Here are some suggestions for what to do this weekend during our current Spring/Winter weather. Let's call it—Springter!
FRIDAY - Catch one of Wenatchee’s best Happy Hours, but with a twist—sit outside. I recommend Fire at the Pybus Market with river-view seating. Their Happy Hour runs from 3-6pm every day.
SATURDAY – Pack the bikes up and head up to Leavenworth to ride along the Wenatchee River. If it rains, grab some coffee from J5 and do some browsing as you make your way back to town. I suggest saying hello to our friends at Posy Handpicked Goods, Tumbleweed Shop & Studio, and Urban in Cashmere (Only open Friday & Saturday). Cap the day off with some wine tasting at Crayelle or a cocktail at the Warm Springs Inn.
SUNDAY – It is still winter, hit the slopes! 14” of new snow over the last 48 hours. Take some turns then retire to the lodge to grab a pint of Icicle Brewing or Iron Horse and cheers to Mission Ridge's monumental 50th Anniversary.
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For some of us, most of us, maybe all of us, Friday is a celebration for the end of a long, taxing work week. We count the days, hours, and minutes until our time belongs to us once again.