Goodbye winter and hello spring in one trail riding day

Take this pretty photo tour of the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC via bike with a goodbye to winter and hello to spring in full force!

The weather on the west coast lately has really surprised us.

It went basically from winter to early summer in one day.

It’s been AMAZING. Absolutely no complaints at all. It’s just so weird to be wearing shorts with nothing growing yet.

Winter bike ride on the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

I attempted several times to ride the trails while the snow was still along the sides of the roads, but had to turn away a few times. Snow and regular bike tires just don’t appear to mix.

A+ for effort though, right?!

Winter bike ride on the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

But one day I persevered and just walked over the snow areas until I reached gravel. This girl had mounting cabin fever and needed her shot of nature, no matter what.

Winter bench looking out towards the trail bridge during a bike ride on the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

It was a unique ride, because you got the look of snow everywhere while still being able to bike. I’ll be trying that again!

NEXT year though… right, weather?! 

Winter and spring bike ride along the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

After all the snow vanishes, the trails dry out in a couple of days if it doesn’t rain. It’s better riding if you can wait it out so you’re not having to dismount and push your bike through muck.

Then the real magic begins!

 Doesn’t the image above look like that bike is having a trail party?

Winter and spring bike ride along the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

Which brings us to today.

Winter and spring bike ride along the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

 These shots were taken just a few hours ago, hot off the trail press.

The wetlands at sunset during a winter and spring bike ride along the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

Temps were actually a little crisp today, but nothing a hoodie couldn’t handle.

The wetlands at sunset during a winter and spring bike ride along the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

But things are changing quickly. See that little bit of green? That wasn’t there even 2 days ago!

And as I walked back to my bike after taking this picture…

Miniature daffodils growing along the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

… mini daffodils were such a happy surprise!

The winter wetlands along the river at the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

 

But seriously, no matter what the weather, this forest is my 100% sanity saver. 

I was feeling off about something a couple days ago, and rode out ever so slow… you know those days when you move like molasses? I was questioning why I even bothered.

Not even having enough power to pedal, I spotted a little babbling creek, got off the bike, plunked myself down in the evening sunshine and just stared at the water.

And that’s when I allow my thoughts to hit me full force, so I can then just let them go.

It’s always, always better on the return.

The winter wetlands along the river at the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

And that is something staying inside the house simply cannot do quite the same way.

Rustic bridge crossings over rivers and creeks in winter at the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

Mix a change of scenery and a little water movement and you have the makings of a private sanctuary.

The winter wetlands along the river dike at the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

The warmer weather has brought out renewed interest to travel again as well. When it snows, I like to stay put so I’m not having to deal with bad roads.

I know. I appear to be the opposite of the whole wide world. I just like going away to warm places even if it’s warm at home because I’m in the mood for that season then…

The winter wetlands along the river dike at the Vedder River Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada

So until new adventures unfold, farewell beautiful reds and browns and yellows of the forest. You’ve been perfectly lovely!

But it’s now time for some lush greens and shimmery blues to paint our surroundings!

Isn’t the start of spring just the best?!

What’s the weather like in your area?

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  1. Spring is without a doubt my favorite season. When everything seems to explode with new life it seems to conjure up the same feeling inside my soul. Winter is just BLEH, although looking at the pics you’ve taken and how incredibly beautiful the area is around you, I might just consider liking Winter a teeny, tiny bit more. The leaves are just starting to fall here in South Africa but it’s still really hot and we’ve been having some intense thunderstorms, which is unusual for this time of the year. Oh well, it seems the weather is screwy all over the world, either way, I hope you enjoy all the wonderful surprises Mother Nature’s going to be giving you this Springtime.

  2. Here in New England it’s been windy, snowy in my region, and rainy but I was thrilled to seeshoots of daffodils spring up yesterday after looking with practically a magnifying glass but a robin and some green are a sure sign the windows will be open wide and walking shoes will soon replace combat boots (with rhinestones of course lol)

  3. Sunny and 65 degrees here in Charleston SC ! Flowers are in bloom and trees have new leaves. There is still a chill in the morning air but Spring has sprung for sure.