Last week I was on a ski trip through the Ardennes. A few days later the snow at my home place started melting. Today winter suddenly seems so far away. An early spring sun in a deep blue sky made the withered reeds along the Kleine Nete river shine like golden sabers. Packraft in my pack, click shoes fixed in the pedals and I raced away to the river. Once on the cold brown water, spring still seemed far away. An often deadly silence along the water reminded me that thriving and twittering nature still will have to awake. Though no worries about cold hands nor feet. I enjoyed this short day trip.