The wind was blowing right fair (the highway signs warned of 70+ mph gusts), the sun was out, and the temps were well into the 40s, and accordingly with such perfect conditions I ventured out on my bike. And a good thing: over by the river I chanced to spot a bird, and quickly ruled out the following: hummingbird, ivory billed woodpecker, swan, robin, variegated crow, and ordinary chicken. It wasn't enough, so I concentrated on remembering the details as best as I could in hopes of consulting a bird book and making a positive identification once back home. And I did! It turned out to be a Bald Eagle, verified by the white tail and prominent white head. It's the only eagle I've seen this year, so it was extra neat to see.
Then out to Granite Planite for some late afternoon training, where now "late afternoon" includes anything beginning from around 2 pm. The days are too damn short--ha. No eagles out there, but ample wind. I did two 3 km pieces of orienteering, which plus some warming up and down was about all I had time for before it was dark. Good effort and good work done.