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Exploring Mount Washington

Exploring Mount Washington

We’ve driven into another world, like nowhere I’ve ever been. The snowbanks lining the road are so high it’s like driving through a tunnel. Only the rooftops of the many ski chalets are visible. The mountains that surround us are stunningly beautiful. Within a 20 minute drive from the highway 19 turn-off the temperature dropped […]

Winter in Victoria

Winter in Victoria

Imagine, Manitoba if winter lasted a week (or two, we aren’t done yet), gave you plenty of beautiful fluffy white snow to play in and never dipped below zero degrees celsius during the day. Imagine, Manitoba if they canceled all work, school and shhh… don’t tell anyone but even military protection so everyone could just […]

Still Snowing

Still Snowing

It’s a myth that Victorians don’t own shovels. Everyone owns a shovel, and they can’t wait to use it. Today is a snow day, for the school kids and it seems for almost everyone else in the city. From a Manitoban’s perspective, this still feels like the blizzard that never was, but a lot can […]

Victoria Blizzard – Day 3

Victoria Blizzard – Day 3

Day 2 of the Victoria Blizzard of 2019 was all about the wind. I woke up to a giant dancing tree outside my window, wind howling. Temperatures plummeted to -3 C. The news reported widespread power outages on the island, but none here. A friend from Nanaimo told me 70,000 people were without power Saturday […]

The Great Victoria Blizzard of 2019, Day 1

The Great Victoria Blizzard of 2019, Day 1

I was unprepared for the great blizzard of 2019,  I blame the weather forecasters. There have been weather warnings and emergency planning for days now, turning the storm that never was into little more than a joke. But when I stepped out this morning for our dog walk, there were some sort of icy pellets […]

Jocelyn Hill – Gowlland Todd Provincial Park

Jocelyn Hill – Gowlland Todd Provincial Park

We are hiking in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park again, this time to Jocelyn Peak via Caleb Pike. There are several ways to reach Jocelyn Peak. We are hiking the Ridge Trail. Total hiking distance is 4.4 k one way with a very partial loop. My Fitbit registers 9.4 k round trip. Getting There On a […]

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach

We spent yesterday on Botanical Beach, exploring tidal pools teeming with marine life, and hiking through the rain forest in Botanical Beach Provincial Park. We picnicked on the beach, staying late enough to catch the start of the sunset. Getting There “It can’t be a two-hour drive, it’s only a hundred kilometres,” I argued. “It’s […]

McKenzie Bight Trail

McKenzie Bight Trail

Snowbirding on Vancouver Island may not be for everybody, but it sure fits me. Christmas Day had us working off a couple of perogies on the McKenzie Bight trail in Gowlland Tod Park. We were actually looking for the Jocelyn Peak Loop, but due to a lazy late start, and Ray’s lack of proper clothing […]

The Angry Sea

The Angry Sea

The ocean was angry this morning. Not from a distance. The glimpses I have of her from the street, as I begin Tucker’s morning walk were normal and calm. When I got right up to her, though, she was ranting and raving and pounding the shoreline like a mad woman. To be a fishing boat […]

So We’re Off Then

So We’re Off Then

I’m not sure I’m a snowbird type. We’re off to our winter home in Victoria, BC today. Yesterday Tucker and I took one last long walk on the Ironwood Trail, watching the river freeze and missing my Pinawa already. Tucker doesn’t know what’s up, but he knows something is, because we’ve cleaned and packed for […]

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Exploring Mount Washington

We’ve driven into another world, like nowhere I’ve ever been. The snowbanks lining the road are so high it’s like driving through a tunnel. Only the rooftops of the many ski chalets are visible. The mountains that surround us are stunningly beautiful. Within a 20 minute drive from the highway 19 turn-off the temperature dropped […]