I spent the weekend of March 16-18 in a high mountain valley in West Virginia. With a broken toe I wasn't able to hike up the mountain with my friends so I stayed below and sketched a bit. Because of the mild winter, color was already beginning to appear on the vegetation. We attended the Highland County (VA) Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday and were told that, again because of the mild winter, the sugar water produced from the maple trees was extremely low. Farms that normally produced 300 gallons of maple syrup were lucky to get 30 gallons. I bought a quart for $30! but I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially over vanilla frozen yogurt with chopped walnuts...yum!