Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Season's Greetings!

It's been bitterly cold in my part of the world -- probably much like many others (except those lucky people in New Zealand ;-)), and getting out to the mountains has been next to impossible.

Our deep frost broke today, and we're actually going to be hovering above freezing on the weekend, so there's a chance for one last hike of 2008!

It was the end of 2006 that Dave and I hiked an impromptu loop called Alder Trail, close to Bragg Creek. That was the hike that made me realize I wanted -- needed -- to spend more of my time outdoors. Something about this time of year makes the forest magical.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Alder Trail, December 2006


Suzanne Perazzini said...

I love forests, especially pine forests. There's something about the smell, the power of the trees, the slits of sky high above that cushions the soul.
And yes, we are warm over here in New Zealand. A bit of rain yesterday but still warm. I am loving being on holiday and not going anywhere. I just need to blob out for a few days. Then it's back to work next Monday. Yuck1

Michelle said...

I went on an interpretive hike where the guide would call the especially strong smelling areas "sweet spots". She said most people rush right through them... and she's right. Since then, I've made a point to pause and enjoy the "sweet spots".

Enjoy your time off. This is a busy time in my field (though not as busy as retail, thank goodness), so I'll be working straight through til January.... but taking some time away then.