Took this shot on February 27, 2021. Norbury Lake in East Kootenay, British Columbia. Taken with iPhone XR, no filter. Doing a tour north and east of Cranbrook. The wall of mountains is stunning. The spot on the ice is someone ice fishing.
It has been a beautiful winter. Took this last weekend, the stillness of the mostly frozen river and the coating of white snow is so peaceful. Makes one forget the recent realities of the world.
Don’t think we will be seeing the conjunction tonight. Looks like we will have 30-50 cm of snow overnight. Up to 20 inches for our American friends. It is pretty though, until you have to shovel it.
As I struggle to collate and create several years of photo and video files, I once again add a post from the past. This is a note about our old home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and dates from their annual Jazz Festival, this one in 2011 and features an outstanding Saskatoon player, Jordan Cook.
This week is the week for The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in Saskatoon. Not only does it bring in the name acts, it also showcases Saskatchewan talent. One of these talents is Jordan Cook. For some reason, the province has been blessed with many talented musicians who continue to impress. The list is long, but some of these are, Northern Pikes, Colin James, Jack Semple, Deep Dark Woods, Kyle Riabko the list is endless. There was a show last night in Saskatoon that I would have loved to have been at. It featured Jordan Cook and The Sheepdogs. The video attached is Jordan Cook playing live.
Our Sunday stroll took us along the Moyie River near Cranbrook, BC in Canada. We followed it for about 2 miles through the bush. The river is mostly frozen, soon we’ll be able to ski it, just needs a bit more cold and some snow. To get here we go under the highway and across the tracks. After a few minutes, all you can hear is yourself breathing and the sound of your footsteps. All we saw fro wildlife on this hike was a squirrel running across the river. Luckily, nothing was chasing it. Standard equipment out here is bear spray, you never know. The bears re sleeping, but there is the odd cougar, and even some wolves in the vicinity. Pretty rare to see one. Lots of elk and deer as well. Next time out, I must remember to bring our GoPro and hook it up to my chest. It is gorgeous out there.
Went on hike a couple of weeks ago, before the snow hit. The vistas were awesome.
Time for something completely different. A reverse bucket a list, a list of accomplishments that I never ever wanted to do. First up, being evacuated due to a forest fire.
British Columbia is known for it’s hot summers, especially in the interior. Forest fires are no strangers in this environment. In the fall of 2017, B.C. was on fire, multiple fires throughout the province, one of which was real close to our recreation property near Cranbrook, B.C. As dangerous as things were, it was still kind of interesting,
For eample, the water bombers cruising over Moyie Lake and depositing their payloads on the fire up on Lamb Creek.
Then a turn for the worse, an evacuation alert. We were put on alert, meaning instant evacuation from the RV resort. As luck would have it, the fire was getting visibly worse.
That evening (pre-covis) we had some friends in for supper. Around the 3rd bottle of wine, it happened. EVACUTION!!! We had zero miniutes to clear out.
The fire was obviously an issue and ominous. Luckily it was dark, and we followed the tail lights in a very slow parade to Cranbrook.
Not something I ever wanted to happen and the first entry on my reverse bucket list.
As we state in our About page, we suddenly realized about 15 years that today was coming, and coming fast. Today meaning, getting older and facing retirement. Retiring is a hard thing to contemplate after working so hard and for so long to try and reach the goal of enjoying life with adventure and contentment. On occasion we will be posting some of our successes, failures and projects along this path. We are not experts, only experiencers. I think I just made that word up (experiencers), spell check didn’t like it. We will share without preaching, hopefully creating a story of some sort. I know a lot of readers will have had some of the same experiences, please feel free to share yours in the comments.
Retirement isn’t the end of the road, but just a turn in the road.
Lori and I took a walk, something we do regularly now and took this shot of Moyie Lake from the beach. Beautiful view from a sandy beach. Minus 5 Celsius, so not exactly beach weather. Ice is starting to form and kind of be noticeable to the right near the shore.