Thin and persistent

Like an old PlaidCamper? No, like the snow that fell all day. A short piece this week about a short walk last week.

Hug them, hug them all…

With temperatures hovering around -15C, and the snow being blown and thrown around by sharp gusts, we decided to wrap up and snowshoe in the shelter of trees. Swaddled and waddling, I really wasn’t too persistent or thin, especially when we tried to forge through deep snow. As an excuse for my lack of persistence, I’ll offer up the sore back I’ve been nursing the past few weeks. It has slowed me down, but the bonus has been the chance to take and make more frequent stops, and really absorb our natural surroundings.

Thin hair? Clean air!

So I couldn’t make much headway along the trail, but when we stopped and sat in a snow bank to eat a snack, the quiet was delightful. Grains of snow rustled and pitter-pattered on our packs and jackets. The near silence was seductive, and only the cold seeping through snow pants got us up and moving once more.

Close up

Distant views were obscured, with mountains being more of a suggestion than a reality in the murk. This made us focus in more of a close up way, prompting a readjustment and shrinking of vision, and that wasn’t a bad thing.

The Kicking Horse

We followed a less difficult path, down to the Kicking Horse and towards the sounds of rushing and splashing water. Each riverbank was frozen, with deep snow covering ice layers. Here and there, and mostly in the middle, were stretches of flowing water. The exposed flow, tumbling and racing over blue-grey river rocks, made for some lovely sights and sounds.

dscf4331Maybe not the finest day weather wise to be out and about – no bright blue skies or fat falling flakes – chilly, windy and grey could be one way to describe the day, but there was plenty to see and savour in a more muted way.

dscf4349Thanks for reading, I always appreciate you taking the time, and have a wonderful weekend!dscf4333

Time to head back

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

29 thoughts on “Thin and persistent”

  1. These close-up views of an honest-to-god winter season are delightful. The Kicking Horse is a beautiful flow as it probably is in any season. Thanks for sharing your perceptive walks with us, PC!


    1. Thanks, Walt! We’ve had such fluctuations in temperature (-30C last week, +10C this week) that all we can do is enjoy the winter while it lasts.
      I hope your week is off to a good start!


  2. This was a complete joy, pc. I heard myself murmuring oohs and aahs as I scrolled down through your picturesque photos and moving descriptions. I’ve enjoyed tromps through the wintry woods with snack breaks in the solitude, and you brought back the lovely memories with your words. I loved these words especially, for their accuracy in snow adventures: “swaddled and waddling.” River photos were stunning.


    1. Thanks, Jet! Glad you enjoyed this one, and honestly, when it gets cold here – properly cold! – it’s fun to get out, but the layers have you waddling. Or maybe that’s the way I walk…
      Have a good week!

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  3. Oh man….love your photos and what you wrote. I had to show my husband your photos. I really liked what you said with ‘absorb our natural surroundings’. You truly get it, a lot of people wouldn’t understand that concept. That is exactly what I feel and do when out in nature. In short, keep those adventures and photos coming, because I am a big fan of yours…..have a wonderful weekend!


  4. I hope that your back is starting to feel better. I know what a nuisance that can be. I also loved the shots (and post as always). My favorite is the snow and the water. I always love those scenes. I’ve just not brought myself to brave the cold to take my own. Anyway, I hope you have an amazing weekend.


    1. The back is on the mend – and a fine excuse for no heavy lifting for a while!
      As for braving the cold, you have to up here, otherwise it’s a long winter and Netflix only gets you so far…
      I hope your weekend went well, and your week is off to a good start!

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  5. Thank you for sharing these wonderful winter scenes, especially the riverbank photos. Our snow has mostly disappeared again and it does not look like we have any expected in the forecast for the next two weeks. All my winter complaining and now I’m missing the snow. I hope your back starts feeling better and enjoy your weekend!


  6. Hello Plaid Camper – thank you for the post. I think it is great when we take the time to reflect, to “stop and smell the roses” (and to to take photographs!). The unique beauty of winter gives us the opportunity to marvel and absorb the beauty which surrounds us during this season.

    I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day and a wonderful week.


  7. I’m almost jealous of the snow. We’ve had steady 65-74 F weather in Colorado. I don’t mind it but I’m afraid it will all fall down in March again…


    1. It’s a balance! Winter should be winter, and spring mustn’t arrive too soon – nothing worse than thinking it’s spring, only to have winter appear with a long and late blast…
      We get Chinook winds that can raise temperatures from below freezing to plus 15C in a few hours. Sounds pleasant, but they cause pressure headaches in some (me!) and the thaw and refreeze leaves slick pavement all over. Anyway, I hope your weather delivers only pleasant surprises!


  8. Great read. I’ve never had the pleasure of being able to trek through a snow landscape, it looks magical. I not long ago read the book you mention, The Hidden Life of Trees, and absolutely loved it. I live near an Australian Nature Reserve and a moving sea of trees, it’s given me an even greater appreciation for trees and even more so for forests.


    1. Hi Margo, thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.
      It is a great book to get a person thinking more carefully about forests. Sounds like you live in a beautiful part of the world!
      Have a great week ahead!


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