A little detour (waiting for winter)

I got all excited a few weeks ago because there was an early blast of winter at the start of November. Since then it has been somewhat disappointing (if you enjoy snow) with barely a flurry and higher than average temperatures. Several Chinooks have eaten what snow there was, and the forecast for the next couple of weeks doesn’t hold much promise. Still, being so close to the mountains, that could change…DSCF6034

Oh yes, the mountains, there’s snow out there! A few weeks ago we took a little detour in Mount Revelstoke National Park, and drove up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, wondering if there’d be snow up top in early October, and looking for a place to eat a picnic lunch. We didn’t see snow, but we did have expansive views and fall colours to enjoy, and there was a hint of snow on higher peaks all around.DSCF6026

The Parkway is a very pleasant drive. In summer there are meadows of wildflowers, but I’m told there are also large crowds, so go early or late in the day. Or go in the shoulder seasons, when flowers aren’t likely, but it’ll be quiet, as it was on the day we were there. DSCF6029At midday, there were only a few other cars sharing the winding switchback road to the top. There is a change from cedar rainforest on the low slopes to alpine fir and spruce, and at the top you’ll find fragile high alpine growth. There are a few short loops and there and back trails to explore. The summit trail was closed due to a bear in the area. It’s lovely up there, and home to a few happy bears, not that we saw any.DSCF6019

A quick trip back to earlier this fall, and a time when we were anticipating snow. Let’s hope December delivers – once the fall colour is gone, it’s best to put on some snow!DSCF6030

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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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...

16 thoughts on “A little detour (waiting for winter)”

  1. Do you have much snow down there yet? Sadly, I’m not much of a dancer, but I’d be willing to try if the end result was some proper winter! Lots of folks in the city like the Chinooks and the warmth they bring, but all they do for me is cause a dragging headache – I’d happily sacrifice the Chinooks for some snow…
    Thanks, Mike, and have a great weekend!

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  2. Gorgeous photos! 😀

    I am sure the snow will arrive soon. It looks like you had a beautiful day in the sun though – that is even better than snow!

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    1. Thank you! I love a sunny day in the mountains, and I love a sunny winter day in the mountains even more – it’s the lack of snow here in the city that gets me down once the leaves have fallen. I really shouldn’t complain – Alberta receives for more sunshine than we used to get back in the UK!
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, much appreciated. Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Well your detour brought some golden autumn color and I’m betting that those beautiful mountain scenes will soon be whitened (if we’re lucky and if Mother Nature hasn’t been forced to take a detour around herself). Thanks, as always, for sharing your excursions into some very special realms.

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  4. Such a beautiful fall drive and wonderful place for a picnic! I am all ready for the cold and snow, but it still refuses to appear. This week we had one day in the 60s and several in the 50s, but I think a cold front finally arrives midweek. There have been a few times that I have made the mistake of wearing my favorite winter jacket and boots on days that I thought would be chilly, only to discover that I needed to turn on the air conditioning in the car after drinking my Starbucks (Gabby vetoed the air conditioning). Wonderful photos and I agree with Mike, a snow dance is necessary!

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  5. It seems clear I need to work on my snow dance technique, because nothing is happening, winter wise! Like you, we’ve headed out thinking it’ll be cold, and ended up way overdressed and overheated. That’s just not right as winter progresses…
    Alberta can be a bit of a mitten province, and I have to say since moving here, I love to wear mittens. Hated them when I was a child!
    Have a great week!

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  6. Loved seeing the forest and open vistas in your photos, PC, and hearing about the specific species of trees and how they change with the elevation. I have never seen a cedar forest, it must be heavenly. The autumn colors, and the berries too, the open space, so lovely. I hope you are soon graced with the snow….

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