Yes, it's April and many of you are already wearing shorts with sandals. Most of the comments I get on my blog though are from people captivated by the amounts of snow we get (and continue to get) here. Therefore, today I dedicate Friday's Gift to all of you Southern men and women. Here is a look at my life in the Canadian Rockies where we learn at a young age to either love snow or move somewhere else.
|Skoki Lodge, Lake Louise|
|Winter Camping at the HI Kananaskis|
|Doesn't everybody make snowmen in March?|
|Our backcountry trip to Elk Lakes Provincial Park|
|Spring hiking in Jasper National Park|
|This was the the night of the Summer Solstice on Moose Mountain several years ago, Kananaskis|
|This is how I spent Canada Day last year - yes I'm crazy!|
|Lake O'Hara in Summer with fresh snow that had fallen the night before|
|Fresh snow in Larch Valley, Lake Louise|
|Hiking in Sundance Canyon, Banff National Park|
|Snowshoeing at Elbow Lake, Kananaskis|
|Skiing in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park|
To quote a comment I got on my last post, Snowy Adventures in Elk Lakes Provincial Park:
Love the pictures of all that snow. It looks like so much fun. But coming from the southern U.S., I have to ask-- When does your snow start to melt? When is your summer season? Here in Georgia, we are already in shorts and sandals.
I'm not sure we know what Summer is. Even when it is warm and sunny, we still seem to choose snowy adventures that take us high up in the mountains where the snow never really melts. We've found ways to embrace our cold weather and have learned to love skiing as much as hiking. We go camping year round but choose to stay in cabins when there's snow on the ground. It's a special climate we have here and it is certainly not for everybody but we've grown to enjoy it most of the time.