Photo by Matthew Petersen, Copyright 2019

Pete just quit, and he didn’t tell anyone why. Yet before he left for the mountains, he still felt the inclination to call in sick and ask permission to enjoy a bright, warm Friday — one of the gems that occur between the soaking spring rains of the Mid-Atlantic. The type of day that people think about in January when the wind is howling and the sun has been absent so long you forget what it all feels like.