Amber’s Mid-December 2020 Fan Club Letter

Hello Subscriber,

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.

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