It was a brutally long winter but signs of life are all around us, finally. I stuck with my daily lunch walks nearly every day through the cold months but during the coldest snaps I stuck to a treadmill. Walking in place staring out a window is not for me. I love watching the changes from day to day and week to week as the seasons change. Ultimately that’s what has kept me in Minnesota for so long. But a winter like this past one is enough to make me finally flee.