Ever so slowly, spring is creeping up on us. Although my terraced rock “gardens” are still well-buried in snow (but less so, since I shoveled off a foot or two), the ice on my pond is perceptibly thinner. The seemingly endless sunny days (in Juneau?!?) are helping, but the night-time temperatures, at least at my house, are still freezing. The ice on Mendenhall Lake is quite thick — in the middle, but near the edge it is not reliable. There was much consternation on a recent Parks and Recreation hike, when a new hiker ventured out on the ice and fell in.