After that windy ride on Sunday, and a bunch of yard work yesterday, I was at a low energy level today, so had signed up for an easy 4-mile hike/walk on the Bog Meadow Nature Trail, east of Saratoga Springs. This was a joint Schenectady ADK and Taconic Hiking Club outing, with the ostensible purpose of finding some early spring wildflowers. Nineteen (?!?) of us left the trailhead, spread out into many casual conversational groups. It was a pleasant enough walk, but in terms of flowers, I guess you could say we got skunked. The only early blooms we saw all morning were skunk cabbage, and even it seemed to be in its early stages. What a difference a year makes! Last year at about this time, I was walking in the Limestone Rise Preserve near Altamont, and the flowers were prolific.