Winter...Spring...Summer...Fall..all in the same day

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The beach...the beach...
It seemed like forever since I had last gone to my favorite place on earth.
The weather here on the Island has different this year than it had been for the last few years.  It has been colder, but sunnier and drier.  A lot like Edmonton or the interior of BC, because we lacked rain and snow, we had sun and colder drier air.  Then it started to warm up and I was expecting it to snow...but it really warmed up to around +10 and the rain started to pour...and pour...it caused flooding in the valley, the rivers had begun or overflow...and up in the mountains...we got snow.
Mount Washington has snow...but the weather up there is also warmer...so it is melting faster.
Whistler (where the Olympic Games are supposed to be held...has had a big melt happening and runs are being closed to try to preserve the snow :):)
Hopefully this weekend they get the dump they expect.
..as the weather is starting to cool down a bit.

But this morning when I woke up...I looked out my window and I saw the sun shining...I phoned my friend and asked can we go to the trail today...is there snow up there.
He agreed we should go...so away we went.

Oooooooooo my feet were just itching to get out of dodge...I really wanted to go up there.
I thought there would be some great snow up there...I took my snow shoes, packed my pack, and away we went.

So as we were driving along...and we had gotten to the beach...I looked up into the hills and I could see no snow..I found this odd because up there your at about 3500 feet so there is always snow up there at this time of year.  but I could not see any??  why is this???  I thought maybe I was not looking far enough over the hills :)

We turned off the beach and into the hills.
Ooo the sun...and the hills no snow????
..Now usually by mile 5 you can't get your vehicle any further for all the snow.  (If you look at my previous entries you will see all the snow)...but...there was no snow to be seen on the roads at all...I was dumbstruck???  what the #$@#$# where is all the snow.  Now this has never happened in all the years I have been up that trail...THERE IS ALWAYS SNOW THERE ALWAYS...but not this year.  So we went all the way to the trailhead...and no snow...Well I didn't know what to do.  first I was shocked there were things going through my head...like how will this affect this summer...will it be very dry...and really hot...and I can't get up here...not enough snow for a good runoff??  Then hopefully it will still do some snowing up here...there is time yet :):):)
So I decided to enjoy this fine.
..awesome...Rare...sunny day...and OOOOOOOOO what a beautiful day...

We started our trek in..and I could just smell the chill in the air..I could smell the fresh ice...there was no breeze...I could feel the warm sun on my face.  I could smell the earth..the loam beneath my feet every sloggy foot of it..OOooo it was soooo good to be out there.
It smelled fresh and like cold crisp frozen laundry coming in to a warm room...like fresh moss on a mild winter day....green, fresh, unbelievable!!!
I could only hear the crunch of our feet...and here and there along the way we had a foot of snow or so.  It was very frozen and slippery, I got to see the signs of winter here, with ice, frozen lakes and bogs.  I got to feel and see the first signs of spring, with the warm sun on my face.
..and wee buds on the trees just waiting to burst forth.  I got to experience summer...with the sun being soooooo warm on my face I even got a wee sunburn...and fall because there is still some great color out there...I got to experience all four seasons in one totally awesome day!!!!!!!!!

Some of the swimming holes were partially frozen over...to cold for a dip (hahaha)...and not frozen enough to skate.
The trees had a bit of frost to kiss their branches...and the sun gave them a dewy effect...they looked like little sparkly jewels :)
I could hear the crunch under my feet every time I stepped on the snow...to hard to snowshoe...but maybe next month they will have more snow.

It was very weird to not see the snow in all her glory..but it was also very nice to just experience what was out there.
..Mother Nature with some winter sleep still upon the ground...just waiting for spring to come forth. It was simply beautiful.
My soul was happy...I was more than happy to be there...the feel, the sound, and the warmth of it all was totally the best...
I am happy.............
Come for the walk...for this is something you don't get to see every day....
Happy trails!!!!!!!


hummingbird50 says:
Elke...Thanks for coming on my wee walk with me:):0 I am glad you got to enjoy it...even while not having any hot water :):) Soon dear Elke...there will be heat, sun, and miles of smiles :):) You'll see!!!!!
Posted on: Jan 19, 2010
Sunflower300 says:
I have to agree with Rudolph; Brilliant writing. I have to live through your words and pictures at the mo Bev, no snow here, but cold enough to freeze hell, and certainly no sun; no smell like fresh moss on a mild winter day either. Just city smog and NO HOT WATER!!!! Thanks so much for the trek to your secret trail. I loved it. :)
Posted on: Jan 19, 2010
hummingbird50 says:
Hey Rudolph...thanks so much for coming up the trail with me today...I sooo enjoyed you company and your many precious smiles:) Yep I LOOVEEEEE then snow in the mountains...I HATE the snow when it is on my highway to work...which by some miracle has only happened once this season...yiipppeeeee!!! I can't wait to go again :):):) Thanks for your kind words :)
Posted on: Jan 18, 2010
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The beach...the beach...
The beach...the beach...
Ooo the sun...and the hills no sno…
Ooo the sun...and the hills no sn…
Look no snow...so which way left o…
Look no snow...so which way left …
Blue sky...walking in the blue sky…
Blue sky...walking in the blue sk…
walk this way to paradise
walk this way to paradise
Frosty has been here...
Frosty has been here...
and here
and here
LOOK!!!! Snow!!!
LOOK!!!! Snow!!!
and ice
and ice
Party frozen
Party frozen
Could almost go skating..well the …
Could almost go skating..well the…
Sooo green to spring like
Sooo green to spring like
Summer like...
Summer like...
one little drop ready to fall...
one little drop ready to fall...
awww wee tree not buried in the sn…
awww wee tree not buried in the s…
Careful slippery when crossing
Careful slippery when crossing
Ahh crisp cool smelling air...like…
Ahh crisp cool smelling air...lik…
Yiipppeee we get to have lunch!!!!…
Yiipppeee we get to have lunch!!!…
The land of faeries!!!
The land of faeries!!!
i love this type of ice...frosty s…
i love this type of ice...frosty …
frosty snow....
frosty snow....
close up:):):)
close up:):):)
Path to the swimming hole!
Path to the swimming hole!
anyone want to go for a dip :):) h…
anyone want to go for a dip :):) …
a canoe ride maybe
a canoe ride maybe
not frozen enough for skating...al…
not frozen enough for skating...a…
up way up.....
up way up.....
Aww going down....this is usually …
Aww going down....this is usually…
Ahhh over there is the Olympic mou…
Ahhh over there is the Olympic mo…
going down....
going down....
We were there
We were there
and there...
and there...
there toooo
there toooo
early run off
early run off
Land, mountains, and sea...
Land, mountains, and sea...
anyone want to try a swim here...
anyone want to try a swim here...
well the bears like it here...
well the bears like it here...
I hope they are sleeping still
I hope they are sleeping still
Wheeeeeee
Wheeeeeee
Well the sun is starting to set...…
Well the sun is starting to set..…
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