Our west coast weather of late has taken quite a turn! We’ve had bitter cold winds and the past two days a good dump of snow.
Normally known as the Bahamas of Canada, BC had been hit by a little of that polar vortex effect that’s been back east.
Our conditions didn’t come close to comparing to what they endured of course! But for us over here, we got cold. 😉
When it snows, I don’t normally head to the trails. Even for walks.
My road is generally one of the last to get plowed, so we can be socked in pretty good. I realize I have a 4×4 truck, however that doesn’t mean I like using it for all the reasons they are built! It gets me out of binds now and then, but for the most part I like to stay put when driving conditions turn iffy.
And then once our road is good to go, the snow is nearly gone.
However, I happened to hit a nice day last winter where the roads were good yet there was still snow everywhere. That rarely happens!
So on my way home from town, I purposely stopped at a trail parking lot to check it out during snowy conditions and took these pictures.
And boy, was it a different world than what I am use to seeing!
As I trudged along the deep snow in my cozy yet somewhat clumsy boots, it slowed me down. Way down. But at a speed that I could totally appreciate every snow-filled nook and cranny.
A soothing collection of blues off the water, sky and snow reflection absolutely stole the show against the woodsy trees.
After a little ways, I was getting tired. Walking in deep snow is hard work! So I made my way to a bench to just sit and stare at the view.
With everything so peaceful, calm and beautiful, it was actually a very therapeutic adventure. And something I’m going to make a point of doing again soon.
While I love a great snow fall these days, I didn’t use to always feel like this. The snow or the cold use to clutch me in fear…
Once upon a time, snow and cold shut down my partner’s work temporarily, which cut off our pay check until the weather improved.
It was a scary time because we were mortgaged up to the hilt. I use to really count pennies paying bills when those challenging times hit.
I use to watch the highway through a forest grove to see if it was moving. If it wasn’t going well, that would mean I’d have a very challenging time getting to work as well.
Luckily I didn’t always dread snow. When my son came along, we two would make a point of getting out there and play for hours under the yard light at night, because by next day, it was generally gone.
My son gave me a call today and shared a memory of us sleighing down one of the hills just down the road from me. I had forgotten! That made me smile. He’s really excited about snow because all his memories are very special and dear.
And I’m happy to say, these days a snowfall makes me happy as well. Working from home turns a snowfall into an adventure and a great photo opportunity!
And of course, growing up when we weren’t responsible for things going wrong (like milk freezing in the tanks or the milk trucks not being able to get to the barn), the power going out and all of us huddled around the kitchen table by candlelight playing board games over the sounds of ice burdened branches crashing on the frozen snow) became one of my favourite memories to date!
As long as I’m well stocked with food (you only run out of coffee cream once!) the truck is gassed up and a big ‘ol water jug in the fridge should the power go out, I’m ready for any of it.
It’s just a very good feeling to be able to welcome anything that comes at this stage of the game.
As pretty as this past snowfall was, I’m secretly glad our winters don’t last that long here. One blast and I’m happy!
And since we’ve officially been hit…
…. I’m ready for spring now. 🙂
Do you like it when it snows? What good memories does it bring you?
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