Cataraqui Reflections

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Impossible to escape snow

Even in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.

Greetings one and all. I have been in Abbotsford British Columbia for almost three weeks, enjoying a snowless landscape until today. I awoke to a white world outside.


That's my rental car to the left. As pretty as freshly fallen snow is, I had hoped not to see any while I was here.


During my visit to B.C. my friend Reg Scharf and I visited two other locations not too far away. The first town we visited was Harrison Hot Springs.







Even in February, the town had quite a few visitors from elsewhere. It must be very beautiful in the summer time. We did not take advantage of the hot springs themselves, although many tourists come here to do just that.

A few days later, we were on our way to Hedley B.C. but only got as far as Princeton. It had snowed the night before in this area and the road was quite messy to drive over.



We did see some hoar frost that made for a nice picture.



I only took one picture of Princeton and here it is below.



During one of our day excursions, Reg and I took a drive along Stave Lake Road out of Mission B.C. and I took these pictures. You will note there was no snow and the afternoon sun was pleasant and made for a nice day.





Mount Baker, part of the Cascade mountain range that runs along the western shore of North America, stopping just inside the American border, was visible in the interior here. I cropped a picture to demonstrate.



Mount Baker is easily visible to anyone in Abbotsford and is quite magnificent.



The above picture was taken fairly early during my stay here and since the picture was taken, much more snow fell on the mountain and it is now completely white and pristine.

Only two more sleeps here in Abbotsford and one in Toronto before I am back home in Trenton Ontario. I hear it's has snowed often and been very cold during my absence. The good news is that spring is just around the corner and all the snow will soon be history. Talk to you soon!