After days and days of cold temperatures and snow, it has finally warmed up . By afternoon the temperature had reached +2C and it seemed the perfect weather for a ski.
Today I decided to try Heritage Ranch for my ski spot, I thought a (literal) change of scenery would be nice, instead of skiing my usual route.
The trails were definitely a little bit slippy today with the warming temperatures. I will admit I paused at the top of the long hill before going down it, trying to decide how slippery it was going to be coming back up. After watching another skier tackle it with a slow “snowplow”, I decided to take the same approach.
As I only had a limited amount of time to ski, the plan was to go down to the base of the hill to the large open field and then turn around and go back up.
At the bottom of the hill I had a change of plan. It was pretty slippery in spots on the hill, and I knew it was not going to be fun going back up. I decided to go with “Plan B” and take the bridleway that snakes through the back way instead. It seemed to be a better option to break trail through fluffy snow, than spend the next 10 – 15 minutes sliding uphill. The “unofficial way ” seemed to be the most sensible option.
This just might be the last ski of the season, at least for skiing in Red Deer (Alberta, Canada). The forecast for the next six days is calling for temperatures above zero. Perhaps spring IS going to arrive.
iPhone pics by Debra Hunter
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Last night was the start of gardening season. It may be -22C with windchill outside, and snow deep on the ground, but it is time to get ready for the spring and summer growing season.
This year we are starting quite a range inside, even vegetables you traditionally directly seed into the garden, in an attempt to get some vegetables early.
The list of what we planted is as follows: tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, lettuce, cilantro, basil, spinach, chard and kale. We also planted seeds for marigolds and calendula. Little bits of a large range of vegetables to hopefully get a head start on our 2017 garden.
This post is “the rest of Opus Daily Practice”. A bit of traveling managed to happen at the end of this project which meant I was able to post to Instagram, but my cell phone data plan was unhappy with the usage needed for blogging. Below are the rest of the pieces created for the […]
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Just a few views from today’s wanderings through Banff and Yoho National Parks.
I’m a little bit behind on blogging about my Opus Daily Practice, so I thought I would do one multi day post instead. Day 12 – The theme was forest. I managed to finish off a painting based on a forest area in Kootenay National Park. I also worked away on a naturally dyed ear […]
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Happy National Flag of Canada Day! Our flag is 52 years old with the first flag being raised on February 15th , 1965. A pretty cool flag for a pretty cool country! #canadianflag Canada Flag #1 5″x7″ ink on paper 2017 by Debra Hunter . . . Ads belong to WordPress
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A quick get away to the mountains of Alberta and British Columbia allows for interesting views in every direction.
Castle Mountain, Banff National Park.
Kootenay National Park.
Traffic delays in Radium, BC.
Sunset over the Columbia Valley.
Late night outdoor swimming in the middle of winter at the pools at Radium Hot Springs. Water temperature was a beautiful +31C in the cold pool…..much hotter in the hot pool.
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