“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
Henry David Thoreau
Okay so I might be biased, having grown up in Germany. But I have yet to find another place on earth where Christmas is as festive, social, yummy and traditional as in Germany. Graham and I were lucky to spend 2.5 weeks with my parents during the holiday season, and thoroughly enjoyed the treats, cookies, and LOTS of Glühwein
We also got to spend 4 days in Grindelwald, Switzerland, where we had fun sledding (watch the champion sledder!), hiking and enjoying the view from the Jungfraujoch. It is quite an adventure to take the train through the Eiger to get to 3545m! Luckily we caught an early train and had about an hour of sunshine and unlimited visibility, before a major storm hit and turned the -24C into -40C with windchill and NO visibility.
We watched the fireworks in the neighbourhood and across the lake for a good half hour on New Year’s Eve … they had to make up for the bad music and entertainment on TV during the evening It was great to see family, spend time together, play cards and share laughs!
Check out the pictures. And consider experiencing the magic of Christmas in Germany yourself!
Just like Europe, we also need some more snow here in British Columbia. However, select areas have decent coverage for skate skiing and the first outings on backcountry skis (no powder though). We are hoping for a big dump of the white fluffy stuff but in the meantime, we are lucky to have all those options in our backyard. The season has started and I can’t wait for many km’s on the trails this winter!
It has been great to explore more of the trails in BC and beyond. I am still hoping for maybe another overnight trip! With lightweight backpacking gear and more experience packing (and reducing weight!) it has been wonderful to explore remote places.
Unfortunately my plans for 2 weeks on the PCT had to be changed due to large wildfires in Washington in July. But the three days in Manning Park with Keyla were strenuous and rewarding. There’s something refreshing about being out in the wilderness by yourself! A bucket list item was crossed off the list when I summited Mount Fosthall in the Monashees in a solo, 3-day trip. What a scramble to the top but so worth it! Pictures can be enjoyed here …
Other explorations took us up Spion Kop (Lake Country), Browne Lake (near Nordic ski area) and to Buchan Bay (Okanagan Mountain Park) overnight. Now I’m ready for snow!!