Signs of spring: Potholes, puddle canoeing, shirtless in-line skating guitar guy
'Rollerblading guitar guy is out and about, mud stains on all your pant cuffs'
Goodbye winter, with your bitter winds and mounds of snow.
It's the time of year when salivating carnivores dust off their barbecues, when crocuses begin to bud.
Whether it be a shirtless man strumming a guitar while in-line skating around Whyte Avenue, or crater-sized ruts in the road, there are a few certain signs that spring has sprung in Edmonton.
How about a couple canoeing in a mud puddle?
Radio-Canada's Gaetan Lamarre and his partner, Carolyn Gibson, decided to make the most of the floods and portaged their way across the grounds of Strathcona High School in south Edmonton this past weekend.
"We're big fans of big puddles," Lamarre said. "It was hilarious. People were stopping to take photos and honking. We were a great reason for traffic to slow down. The city should use us instead of photo radar."
Their misadventure inspired Edmonton AM to ask listeners for their favourite harbingers of the season during Monday's show.
Signs of spring! What about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YEG?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#YEG</a> makes you think spring has sprung? Dodging potholes? The first day you see people wearing shorts? Flowers in bloom? All the dog toys in the backyard revealing themselves again? We want to hear your spring benchmarks on <a href="https://twitter.com/EdmAMCBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EdmAMCBC</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/springtime?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#springtime</a>—@CBCradiotara
Shirtless rollerblading guitar guy is out and about, mud stains on all your pant cuffs, my kid comes home soaking wet every day and the annual countdown to when the Oilers are officially eliminated from playoffs.—@patrickbpenguin
When the snow recedes, leaving that “dust crust”, that’s spring. Oh, and when the merlins come back.—@sit_walk
Spring is synonymous with longer, milder days. Dew drops, fresh rain and red-breasted robins.
And sure, some idyllic signs of spring, such as geese and swaying pussy willows, made the list.
However, from what listeners had to say, spring in Edmonton is decidedly less bucolic.
You can tell who’s been diligent (or not) in picking up after their pooches all winter...—@ikhenderson
I love the smell of the mud and the dirt on the roads! Smells like melting and joy!—@yegsheens
My neighbour was burning yard waste in her backyard yesterday. Nothing says spring like acrid smoke. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/neighbourly?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#neighbourly</a>—@PABsurvivor
For many Edmontonians, the first signs of spring were muck and mud, the sudden onslaught of allergy symptoms, or the acrid smell of a neighbour's garbage fire.
Dog droppings emerging from the snow and a certain kind of mud stain described as a "dust crust" also made the list.
What are your sure signs of spring? Let us know in the comments section below.