Some call February 2nd "Candlemas". Some call it "Imbolc". Probably the most common name for the day (other than "February 2nd", of course) is "Groundhog Day." If you like in the US or Canada, you know the legend: if the groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow, we're due for 6 more weeks of winter.
Punxsutawney, PA probably has the most famous groundhog in the world; Wierton, Ontario has the most famous one in Canada. But my house is home to not one, but two of these magic marmots.
AppleRoozer has been my motorcycling companion for about 15 years now. I don't quite remember how we met, but once we did, it just made sense to have someone whose ability to forecast the weather is, well, legendary along on my tours. He's been with me on several long (4000 mile) trips. He's found a comfortable spot on my bike, where he can feel the wind in his fur.
After I'd been riding a motorcycle for a few years, AppleRoozer introduced me to his cousin, Douglas.
Douglas isn't much for motorcycles, but he loves bicycles. You can see that he's proud of the pins he got from our trip along the GAP and C&O Canal this past September. He, too, has found a comfortable place to ride -- even if it does increase our wind resistance a little.
So AppleRoozer and Douglas have a bit more interest in when spring comes than the average groundhog. Sure, Wierton Willie and Punxsatawney Phil have fame; but Douglas and AppleRoozer have skin in the game.
Complicating matters, my household also has a cat.
They all get along pretty well, 364 days of the year, but there's a problem on Feb. 2: the cat's name is "Umbra". That means "Shadow" in Latin.
So the groundhogs have the deck stacked against them if they want to get through tomorrow without seeing "their Shadow". They asked me if I would help them improve their odds.
first, the blindfolds.
Then, the snuggly blanket.
Finally, wrap it all up in a peek-proof groundhog burrito.burrito.jpg
Spring WILL come to Manayunk soon!