Christmas- Gratitude and Winter Snow Magic

Shock of Christmas First Snow for Immigrants  Have you ever watched the delight of someone who experiences falling snow for the first time in life? I have –twice. First time, was a cousin’s child who watched snowflakes fall during their first year in Canada after immigrating from southern China. The second time was a few…

Snowshoeing: Humble Snow Steps in Canada’s Vastness and History

The first time I had heard of and even seen snowshoes, was when I was 12 years old. A father of a boy in my class, occasionally took business trips to Frobisher Bay in the Canadian Arctic. Remember, this was in the early 1970’s when the Canadian Arctic was still a whited-out blizzard blank slate…

Whimsical Dreams of Christmas Gingerbread Magic

Whenever snow falls near Christmas, any serious thoughts vapourize into child-like dreams of fun, sugar plums, sleigh bells and lovely baked pastries with hot chocolate. I like soft Christmas cookies with different spices, less sugar but more delicate in taste . Gingerbread cookies are cute, but do not stoke my sweet tooth. To me, gingerbread houses and…

Ice Sculptures: Frozen, Ethereal Aspirations

A few weekends ago, we bused up to Lake Louise in Banff National Park, for their annual ice carving competition and some mountain snowshoeing. It is an international competition that’s been slowly gaining an ice crampon foothold with more intricate, arresting sculptures this year. After 14 km. of snowshoeing and straining a groin muscle, we…

Christmas Haiku Meditations

A lonely bike light- Flickering snow firefly Flits over fresh snow. Turtledoves wander Listless, mute in gilded cage: Gold becomes their sun. Icing sugar dusts Green leaf medallions, Fragile garlands droop. Christmas chill frosts breath Of life, a halo warms face, Memories blurr vision. Snowman cake warms me. Tummy smiles, sated dreams Melted with coffee….

Canadian Reindeer Look-Alikes: Elk, Caribou and Mule Deer

A few weeks ago, Ava, a Filipino blog reader wondered what elk was after I mentioned we were going to have elk for our Christmas meal. So after plumbing into our well of digital photo archives, I resurfaced with some wonderful photos:  I just could not write a blog post that featured a dish of…

Christmas Song Parodies: Cycling and Blogging

I’m pretty certain we will get snowflakes drifting down in our part of Canada –again. Already we’ve had over four different snowfalls and temperatures plunging to -20 degrees C.  So far, the snow has melted off each time. I did brave the frigid cold on bike several weekends ago, only because the pavement was dry,…

More Snowshoeing for Snow Mountain Addicts and the Vertigo-Inclined

After postponing our December snowshoeing trip, because Jack was abit sick and again, after 2 separate January trips to Banff with snowshoeing intentions, we finally did our annual snowshoeing trip. In the Rocky Mountains north of Kananaskis Mountain area and under the snow-veiled shadow of the Black Prince, a locally known peak. It was our first…

Snow Shuffling Trips: Snowshoeing Beyond Mountains to Winter Vineyards and More

Among snowboarding or downhill ski shooters, surely snowshoeing is just so snow sedate and tame.  But you can kick up snowshoeing a notch, by heading out into the mountains. We’ve gone nearly annually to different mountain areas in British Columbia for snowshoeing in winter wonderlands. Some “snowshuffling” adventures are no closer than home, in nearby…