Despite a few days where temperatures have dropped back down to winter levels, the spring season is certainly with us.
This past weekend area sugar houses, like Sweet Maple Alpacas in Westminster, shown here in the top two photos, opened their doors for some 500 visitors. Owners and operators Tom and Brenda Lawrence said that, while the alpacas were friendly and curious, there probably wouldn't be too much sugaring activity on the weekend, as the season is pretty much over.
Despite the warm days and cold nights, Lawrence said, it was a poor sugaring season in this part of Vermont at least.
"The cold nights were too cold," he said, "and the warm days were too warm. We got about half the syrup that we did last year, and some operations got even less than that."
Another sign of spring are the kayakers that the Outlook's Mary Moeykens spotted in the cold waters of the Black River in Cavendish. The water might be frigid, but spring run off and rains create ideal whitewater kayaking conditions for experienced paddlers.