Sunday, January 4, 2009

There and Back

Our trip through the Rockie Mountains to the Fraser Valley of B. C.

Driving from Calgary towards the mountains was quite daunting to say the least! It felt a little crazy that we should be entering them in the depths of winter.

The scenery was breathtaking, though, even more so on our way back yesterday. The sun was shining bright and there was a fresh, thick layer of snow on everything... (except the road, thankfully!)

There were so many of these waterfalls in a beautiful frozen blue/green color, many of them huge and right along the side of the road.

These were the road conditions for most of the way there... not too bad...

until we got to Hope, B. C. and then it was slushy and slippery. We were thankful it was still light out and that it wasn't snowing!

We arrived at around 2:30 on Dec.24th and as soon as we got there it started snowing like crazy! Here is a picture of my parents yard... looking out their front door.

Christmas day at my parent's. Standing on the dike looking towards the Fraser River.

My sister, Racheal, tobogganing down the hill on which I broke my hand.

My parents' place... so beautiful. We had the whole basement to ourselves... it was wonderful.

My oldest brother, Steffen, rigged up this sled to pull behind the Kaboda... what fun we had sliding around on the driveway!

Just along the dike from my parents place is Steffen's place (you can see a bit amongst the trees in the picture below)... it's so nice that he is close by and we spent a lot of time visiting together.

When we arrived home yesterday this is only how far we made it into our driveway... we had to walk the rest of the way to the house!

This picture doesn't do the situation justice at all...'cause, boy, are we ever snowed in!

My DH definitely has his work cut out for him with the snow shovel!


  1. Oh wow! What beautiful pictures! Glad you made it there and home again safely. Well, all except the broken hand. That's no fun!

    Take care my friend! I hope your hand is feeling better!

  2. What lovely shots!!

    I agree that is such a beautiful drive - one we made countless times (both hubby and I went to University on the West Coast), but I was always astounded at the rugged beauty out the window.

    Hope your hand heals quickly :)

  3. so so so so so beautiful! I'm sitting here in shorts and a tank top...awaiting even a breeze of coolness! I loved living vicariously through your pictures:)

  4. That would be an absolutely breathtaking trip!! I don't think I would have trouble staying awake (as I do now) on that drive. It is so beautiful!

    We have learned over the years that Toyotas don't make good snow plows ;o).

  5. Amazing photographs!!!! What a beautiful place, and your parents home is so lovely. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time with your family!

  6. The song, "Majesty", comes to mind when I saw those photos. Wow. What a trip! Such a pretty home too. We just don't see snow like that in Texas, so thanks for sharing.

  7. That would be one of those times I'm thankful to be a girl! Who wants that kind of workout!!


  8. These pictures are absolutely breathtaking!

  9. Oh that looks and sounds just about picture perfect for the holidays. EXCEPT the broken hand! I hope you are feeling okay and getting settled back after a nice break (from normal life, not the hand breaking part ;O) )! Happy New Year!

  10. I love that drive. And your parents home is just BEAUTIFUL. Hope your hand is healing up fine and dandy.

  11. Thank you for stopping by my blog! The pictures are beautiful - especially your parents snow covered home. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your hand.

  12. It was really fun for me to see your families home, it is so pretty.
    I feel even closer to you now ;)


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