Dashing through the snow… Well maybe not this year! This has been the mildest December in Alberta on record and I have to say I am quite enjoying it.
However, it is a little harder to get in the Christmas spirit with no snow on the ground. Shawn and I spent last weekend riding out in the foothills looking for our Christmas tree; a tradition we set in motion around 7 years ago. Typically dragging our tree back over the snow covered ground it stays clean and undamaged. This year, with no snow to blanket the journey, Shawn and I spent a good amount of time cleaning the dust and dirt off, as well as picking enough dried grass out to feed our herd for the winter. I did end up leaving some of the grass and labeled it “country tinsel.” At least there will be no concerns if my pets ingest it!
|With the lack of snow aside, it was an absolutely perfect day! Beautiful weather, sunshine and no wind. And temperatures of +15 Celsius! (60F). After we found our desired tree, we set up camp and had a nice bonfire, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. I brought hot chocolate, but we were both so warm we opted for a cold sweet tea instead.|
I look back on previous years and how cold some of our journeys were. The first year we began this tradition it was well below -20C when we ventured out. I was riding Cash at the time, and Shawn on Hawk (this was before Nitro & Cruz were around). We had such a fun day despite the bitter cold and decided this needed to be a yearly event.
Here is a throwback of us on that very cold day when the tradition began.
|Wishing everyone the best over the holiday season.|
Sending virtual hugs to all. Stay warm, safe and connected.