Hello readers,

I hope you had a great weekend!  This week is our reading week/spring break/week off, so I celebrated by doing absolutely no work this weekend, and it was amazing!

Back in December I bought one of those “daily deals” (I think it was from ‘Living Social’) for a snowshoe / fondue trip, and went on it yesterday.  One thing that is great about Vancouver is we hardly ever get any snow in the city, but you go half an hour away to any of the mountains, and there is tons of the stuff.  So we still get to play in it, but don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis.

Anyway, the trip was a lot of fun.  It was pretty slow paced, and most of the people were quite a bit older than we were, but it made me want to get some snowshoes and go on some trips of my own!  Our trip was through Natural Trekking which is owned by an outdoorsy Vancouver lady.  She runs the tours herself, and does all kind of them all over the world.  Our tour was at Cypress and we snowshoed up to a lookout point where we could see the Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Here you can see a group picture at the base of the mountain.  Cypress was one of the Olympic venues last year where I believe they hosted free-style skiing and snowboarding.  It was actually a little sad, it was so warm during the Olympics they had to airlift snow to Cypress from other parts of the province, and I heard they had to use dry ice to keep it from melting!  The olympic rings are still there.

We were lucky, the weather was absolutely miserable in the morning, and it had been raining on the mountain all day the day before.  Then there was a bit of a snowstorm in the morning, but by the time we got there the sun was even out for parts of it, and the snow was light and fluffy from the storm!

I wish I had taken a picture of the view at the top, but if you look around us, you can see part of it.  It was so pretty and we had the fondue there.

But now its back to the office.  I seem to be the only one keen enough to come in this early during the break, and the lights in our office are on a timer that shuts them off if the front door isn’t opened every 30 minutes or so, and its already getting pretty annoying.  GRR! AND THEY SERIOUSLY JUST SHUT OFF NOW AS I WROTE THAT! I wonder if I could tie a string to the handle and open the door from my desk …  anyway, enough grumbling.

I hope you have a great Valentines day!


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