It's Groundhog Day! So I decided to do this special post with my friend Harvey the groundhog. I actually saw Harvey last summer while I was out looking for new everyday adventures. I thought it was a good idea to reintroduce him for two reasons.
First, as I said before, it's Groundhog Day. And second, I've been out looking for new adventures the last few days again. Back then I found a few good new things that didn't really last. But now I have found some amazing new things!
I thought things were beginning to be too much the same here, but I have lots of new things coming. I'm really excited about things right now! I think Harvey might be my new good luck charm. I haven't seen him in six months, but it's his time of year now.
Anyway, while I was driving around last summer, I found this chubby little guy. Harvey was kind enough to pose for several pictures for me, which I included in a few of my oldest posts. It seems even something unexpected can turn into a good adventure in the end.
Groundhogs (Marmota monax), are also known as woodchucks. They are rodents and they're part of the Sciuridae family. They belong to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.
Most marmots live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It lives in many areas of North America and is common in the northeastern and central United States. Groundhogs are found as far north as Alaska, with their habitat extending southeast to Alabama.
I have seen two of these animals in Michigan just this year. First I saw Harvey here, then I saw a groundhog that had been living in my backyard for awhile. I have some blurry photos of my backyard groundhog in an older post. I'll leave a link to it below the post. Does anyone want to name him?
Oh, back to Groundhog Day. It's a holiday that's celebrated in the USA and Canada every February 2nd. We don't get to do much in this holiday except watch news reports about something peculiar that certain groundhogs do.
The actual celebration is right out of old folklore. Basically, if the groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny and the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for 6 more weeks.
They still have big organized celebrations in several places in this country. Most of the time they're pretty ridiculous, but it's all in fun. They usually have a pet groundhog that they push out of a little shelter that's made up for the celebration. Then they try to understand whichever choice it makes.
Hmm, it seems like I've written about some of the things in this post before, over and over. I have no idea why. I guess it's because of when I took these pictures. It seems like it was just yesterday, but at the same time so long ago.
Well, I think I'm done with this Groundhog Day post, and so is Harvey. There he goes walking away. I guess he got bored with me finally. I'm not bored though, because spring is coming and I have some all new everyday adventures coming for you, and for me! I'm really excited about what will be coming!