Monday, November 22, 2010

First cold snap of the season

We are currently experiencing our first cold-snap of what is predicted to be a longer & colder than average Winter.

Friday night brought snow, not too much 8 or 9cms perhaps – enough to cover the trees and garden but not too much for the roads to be a problem.  Perfect !

Our house with the first dusting of snow this year.


Looking up and down the street, we love the way the snow clings to all the trees.

IMG_3147 IMG_3148 Mojo missed out on snow for most of his first winter as it was so mild, his only experience was snow-shoeing on Seymour in March.  However, he now has the chance to race around in the cold white stuff in his own backyard.

On Sunday morning I took Mojo for a good walk up at Lynn Headwaters as I was working in the afternoon and we were out visiting friends for dinner in the evening with Mojo and needed to be moderately exhausted so he would be more calm company !

Mojo giving a taste-test to snow on a log on his walk.


For the initial part of the walk the trail was predominately clear, with just snow on the trees and undergrowth.

IMG_3154 Initially it was just the bridge decks that were icy.

IMG_3156 More views along the trail.

IMG_3157 But it wasn’t long before the whole area was packed snow – the Yaktrax were soon put on and not taken off until we were nearly back at the parking lot. 

IMG_3158 IMG_3159 Eventually we reach the clearing known as Third Debris Chute.

IMG_3161 There are good views across Lynn Creek and Hanes Valley from here.




Mojo enjoys racing around fetching the freezing snow-clad stick.

One mucky Mojo.

IMG_3168 More views from Lynn Headwaters.  Even though we walk up here frequently, often 2 or 3 times a week it still makes it quite special with every change in the season whether it’s a beautiful sunny summers day, the golden leaves or roaring creeks in the rain or as today a cold snowy winters day.



As we turn and head back along the riverside trail the sun comes out and starts to burn off much of the cloud.




Views up the river as we head back towards the parking lot.

IMG_3182 Then today, Monday, I was going to head out and do the seawall around Stanley Park as I hadn’t completed this in over a year.  However, as we stepped out of the house we realised how bitterly cold it was and with quite a breeze.  The car showed that at almost midday it was still only –5 degrees.


So knowing that the wind (and windchill) would be much greater along the seawall we settled instead for an ordinary walk at Bridgman Park today.

Hopefully, it will be brighter, sunnier and less windy in the days to come so we can get some more interesting walk in.

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