Singing the winter greens and blues

For the past decade and more, we have been used to (and very much enjoyed) a snowy December and beyond, sometimes in a blanketed city, and often in the mountains. Still, change is good, and contrast is good. Winter on the coast is very different!


There are so many colours and moods – vibrant green on the trails, but also blue and grey. It can be dry, grey and cold, or gold, warm and sunny, or blue, cold and sunny, or windy and rainy, just rainy, and very, very rainy.  Every now and then it can be extremely stormy. Exhilarating stuff, and always with so much green. (PlaidCamper, you do know you live in a coastal rainforest, don’t you?)


Being by the ocean, it always feels fresh, and there’s usually a breeze. Last weekend, we met up with Wayne and took a wander along Chesterman’s Beach. Fresh? Yup! A breeze? And then some! We took shelter in the lee of some rocks overlooking Lennard Island lighthouse (for shots of the lighthouse taken by Wayne over the years, look on his website here) and tucked into delicious soup and cornbread – thanks, Wayne – and a mince pie. We didn’t know Scout was such a fan of soup and mince pies, but perhaps that’s no surprise…

Not the Lennard Island lighthouse – Amphitrite Point lighthouse, Ucluelet

The ocean wasn’t calm – we saw the coastguard zodiac and cutter both riding some pretty big waves, and it looked as though they were searching the coastline. It would be nice to think it was an exercise and all was well, but the search looked quite intense.

The grey skies gave way slightly, and there was a hint of warmth from a few weak rays, but eventually we had to head back. Scout chased Wayne, or Wayne chased Scout along the beach, and it was a good game to play, because the breeze had a bite to it. We had a great time, and Scout wanted to go home with Wayne, but eventually she relented and came home with us, even though we can’t promise daily soup and mince pies.


Winter blues? We’re not singing that song, not yet. And I’m sure at some point we’ll find some time for a visit to snowy and wintry mountains – blow the dust off the snowboard and snowshoes – but until we do, I’m loving the winter greens.

Last weekend – a colourful winter warmer

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 “Singing the winter greens and blues”

    1. Yup, we are too! Hope it warms up some, or we’ll need to find another sheltered spot. We’ve been dodging the rain all weekend, and just about got away with it. Hope yours has been a good one!


    1. Thanks, Walt! We’ve been singin’ in the rain, or at least between the rain showers this weekend, and getting a kick out of how vibrant it is.
      Hope your weekend has been a good one, for hikes, fish, and beer.


  1. Beautiful photos! Now that we are having spring-like weather again, I think I’m fine with winter never arriving this year. I tried to convince Gabby today that we should try taking the top off of the Jeep for the first time in January, but she looked horrified. I do miss your snow adventures, but absolutely love the beautiful photos and moods of the coast. Sounds like a great visit and meal with Wayne and I’m sure Scout would promise never to wander again if you provided daily soup and mince pies. Loved the first photo and the last two shots of color and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!


    1. Thank you!
      Spring-like already?! You might jinx it if the top comes off the Jeep…
      We always have great fun out and about with Wayne – he knows the quiet places and has great stories about the area, and the animals. Scout adores him!
      I tried the BeCasso app, and I think it could be dangerously addictive. I haven’t managed to concoct anything as creative as you have!
      Thanks again, and I hope your early spring sticks around for a bit…

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  2. Really enjoyed hearing about your coastal frolic with Wayne, pc. I can imagine how entertaining it is to watch him photographing; and then he brings delicious warm food, too. Sounds like great fun. Not snow, but great fun. I think it’s great that you were all out there in the winter winds, undeterred by the frigidity of the season. Beautiful sights you saw, thanks for sharing them.


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