This is the week the spring flowers took off! Some, like Dutchman's breeches, seem to be blooming a bit earlier than usual. Maybe it was those 75-80 degree days we just had. (As I write this the outside temp is 48 and that north wind is stirring things up.)
Mike Kazaitis and Cyndi Duda both sent pictures,which are included in the slideshow below. Thanks for the contributions!
Most of my outdoor exercise is happening right in the neighborhood. Lake Katherine is pretty crowded, so while I'll pass en route to the Cal-Sag trail I mostly avoid the chipped path around the lake.
The forest preserves have been pretty good. McClaughrey Springs near Mill Creek has a lot of people, but if you get away from the parking lots you can get in your bubble and feel safe. Hidden Pond was fine; other than one woman near the lot I was on my own for an hour and a half of hiking.
Be careful out there.