How could anyone get tired of this view? It is my favourite part of Arcturus Retreat B&B…just gazing out the window at Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains with Gambier Island on the left and Bowen Island on the right.
You just have to love a completely clear blue sky on a winter day. Anyone who lives through a rainy grey Vancouver area November & December knows just how good a day of winter sunshine makes you feel. Today was abnormally cold here in lotusland. We rarely dip below freezing here and just barely. Today’s highs were below zero, but with this much sunshine…who cares? You just have to be outside.
Back to the forest trails on Mount Elphinstone for an afternoon hike. The trees here are majestic, and I am learning my way around the trails. While I usually take a one hour hike focused on a bit of cardio, you could hike here for hours and never cross where you’ve already been. It really is an amazing network of hiking and mountain bike trails.
Today we headed for Langdale Falls. With the cold temperatures, we were very curious what the condition of the falls would be.
What a treat! Some water was still flowing, but the ice formations were amazing. If you look at the very bottom of the picture, you can see the greenish/brownish colour where the ice must be many inches thick.
As I said, this is a sight not seen often as it just isn’t cold enough, even in the heart of winter. This is after about 24 hours of sub-freezing temperatures. Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside. Afterall, most Canadians would tell you that it’s not really cold until you get to -30 or -40. Just bundle up and get your heart going with a good hike.