My favorite time of year has returned once again. This year, spring in Summit County and across Colorado arrived a little earlier than usual. This should come as no surprise, since the whole season has been unusual. We had a late start in November, enormous avy hazard in December, and then the onslaught that was January, followed by a February thaw and mild March. Nothing should come as a surprise this year, though it is shocking to get up high on local peaks so early in the spring.