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Joys of Winter

Monday, March 01, 2010

I’ve been enjoying my first winter here. I love: winter season, cold weather, winter sports, and snow.

Snow is magic, it covers everything, including my messy garden. It’s the time of the year where the “best lawn” contest is postponed… Having said that, another contest takes place: the “best snow shoveling path.”
We didn’t start right with this one, we were not well-equipped, now that we have a very large and light shovel, I could push away all the snow in the village... if only we had snow! At the altitude where we live, we have no snow anymore, only some dirty little spots here and there.

Unfortunately, this year is not a “snow year. ” Last year, they could go skiing during 6 months, non-stop, and this year we only had only 2 months and half so far for skiing and other winter activities. If it doesn’t snow again, I can put away my winter gear till the next winter.

This year, I discovered 2 new sports: skate skiing and now snowshoeing.
Snowshoeing has become quite popular over here since a few years, and my father wanted to give it a try. He skied when he was a child, but it has never been an activity he really enjoyed.
My father is 73, he is a Nordic Walker too, and snowshoeing is more or less its winter counterpart. Although he was born in the area, he doesn’t live here anymore, and he just came for vacation.

The photos below were taken this morning during our second hike. We were only the two of us. On Saturday, my aunt and DH were with us; DH was in charge of the photos, but he forgot the card for the camera at home.









My father really enjoys it, so am I. My father might be 73, but he is a very good walker, he walks fast, he legs like a chamois. Talking about chamois, we saw 2 this morning, but I was not quick enough to take their pictures.

But I got photos of the 2 creatures who were hopping in the snow this morning:





Tomorrow morning, we’ll have another hike: my father, DH and I. The last hike before my father drives back home on Wednesday, maybe the last hike of the season.

I’m contemplating the idea of spending a week in the Alps at the end of my job project to go skiing. I am addicted to snow, I told you.
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  • v ZELDAPLIFF
    My daughter is the "Snow Queen" and anxiously awaits its arrival every year. I'd really love to try snowshoeing!
    2364 days ago
  • v VICD25
    Awesome! Your photos almost make we want to visit! (but the sun has been out all week here and I have spring fever). . .

    Good for you for adding 2 new sports to your repretoire. I love that you have another thing to share with your dad. I still smile every time I do something now that I used to do with my dad (who passed over 20 years ago).

    Thanks for sharing your piece of heaven!
    2369 days ago
  • v SHEENADEE
    Great pics! Sorry to hear that the season is not cooperating with your preferences. Here, we've had our highest level of snow in history I think. I'm sure that still does not compare to what you may be accustomed to.

    Unlike you, I am ready for warmer weather and green grass again. Spring Spring Spring!

    Glad to hear you had a nice visit with your Dad. Snowshoeing sounds fun.
    2369 days ago
  • v CHRYS13
    Beautiful pictures! You have such a wonderful attitude about snow. Being from Minnesota, I'm quite ready to say good-bye to it, but we still have a long way to go to be rid of the snow pack that we have.
    Enjoy your next wonderful hike!
    2372 days ago
  • v SCHWINNER!
    Beautiful pictures!!! I've never been snowshoeing, but you really make me want to try it! Hm, maybe I can swing a winter trip to France next year ;)
    2373 days ago
  • v 100LBLIGHTER
    My hometown has had lots of snow and cold weather this year and they are mumbling and grumbling. This was a refreshing difference. Have fun. Grace
    2373 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Love it, LOVE it! So JEALOUS TOO! :-)

    What a WONDERFUL THING for a father & daughter to share!

    Hope I'm SPARKIN' like your DAD is in 20 yrs time...!

    Don
    2373 days ago
  • v ROYALETBONE
    Lush. I love peeking into your active, happy times. Thank you for sharing.
    (I miss snow...)
    2373 days ago
  • v ABCDARIAN
    I think those of us who live with four seasons are very lucky, and it's lovely to appreciate the beauties & joys of each one! Your pictures look very inviting and your dad must be an inspiration for the exercise!

    Abby emoticon
    2374 days ago
  • v ANGELALEGNA
    Someone's gotta like snow, I'm glad you do. I don't like anything to do with being cold. I'm sorry you did not have the winter you wish to have had.

    2374 days ago
  • v MERRYMARY42
    I too enjoy winter, snow is so beautiful, but I think my blood has got too thin for it any more I was in the mid west for 3 weeks in January and February, and very nearly froze, so maybe I will just look at the beautiful pictures emoticon
    2374 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2010 2:11:34 PM
  • v CKENTFIELD
    I tried snowshoeing this year too for the first time. It is sad that it is going to be in the 40's by Sunday. Bye Bye snow. ~sigh~

    Ah well it will return again next year.
    2374 days ago
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