One spring day a few years ago, I went for a walk on a rural bike path and it was like awakening from a long sleep. Life had been tumultuous and uncertain. Walking in nature just coming out of hibernation was the best thing I could have done for myself to rejuvenate my spirits. It was as if I was seeing the natural world for the first time. That is a good thing about winter, even though it has a beauty of its own, it makes us appreciate the rebirth of everything so much more than if it was around us all the time. Perhaps that is why we live in Wisconsin, to experience that awakening every spring each year.