We had probably the busiest year we will ever have in 2018.Late February we spent a weekend in Auckland
to celebrate the engagement of
our eldest son to his bride to be.
In June we were blessed with falling snow while
visiting the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.
Most of us had not seen falling snow ever,
so a real delight.
A week or so later while cruising the Inside Passage
during our stop at Juneau we flew
onto the Mendenhall Glacier to visit the huskies
and have a rife in a sled.
We hardly seemed to be home
to be made for our road trip in New Zealand
prior to our son’s wedding.
A Māori Hāngī at the
Whakarewarewa Māori Village in Rotorua…
…and a visit to the Hobbit Movie Set at Matamata,
…were preludes to the big day.
The next morning back at
Auckland International Airport
for our flight home.
Our visit to the
Columbia Ice Fields…was made so special…
by the sight and memory of freshly falling,
silent shrouds of snow.
The thought of seeing falling snow…
was an experience most of us had not contemplated….
during our June visit to the Columbia Icefield…
in Canada this year.
LIke many Australians we have lived
near the coast all our lives.
We do have a snow season, however,
many of us had not lived in areas where it does snow
or gone to the snow fields during winter.
So this was a truly extraordinary experience.
On the Columbia Ice Field’s
Athabasca Glacier in June…
I learned just how slippery icy snow is.
Going up was no problem.
I gave a wide berth to the youngsters playing
near the Canadian flag.
However, I had ‘Seniors Moment’ on the way down
and forgot about why I went wide….
and yes it happened.
Just as well my gluteus maximus is well padded.
My camera was not hurt just my pride.
Scenes like these…
tree branches covered with snow…
capped off with falling snow were
the perfect ingredients for…
for our visit to Canada’s
Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.
Many years ago Simon and Garfunkel sang of
a vision softly creeping…
and it was certainly a vision which
softly crept up on us the morning
many of us saw falling snow for the first time.
freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
Columbia Icefield/Athabasca Glacier
Alberta-British Columbia border