Today marked the Winter Solstice on the calendar, but the weather outside said otherwise as temperatures rose through the 40's today. One of the unfortunate parts of warm weather this time of year is that it turns everything that has frozen to slush and muck. The snow pack has taken a beating the last couple of days and now each step is half snow- half water and just one big mess. Drove south down Route 9 to the Greenport Conservation Area, just north of the city of Hudson. I have been to this area many times in the past, but always during the warmer months and never in the snow.