I just made a quick trek out to the raised beds. The soil is about 1/2 thawed already, and the compost pile is thawing too! Most of the snow in the yard is melted, and the sun feels warm again. But the best news of the day?... The Sandhill Cranes arrived this morning! I heard them at 6:30 this morning, it woke me up out of a dead sleep! What a way to announce the return of spring in Alaska!!!