Days are getting longer, nights are less cold. Night skies at this time of year are spectacular. A recent conversation reminded me of past winter camping trips and, in particular, a trip that I did with a friend a few years ago.
As long as I remember, these towering sentinels have stood watch over the town. At bedtime, I would gaze into the darkness to find reassurance in those patient silhouettes. Beneath them, the industry that gave the town its life and its livelihood banged and thumped and hummed hypnotically.
The warnings started on Friday: Heavy snowfall, 10 – 15 cm of snow expected. After Friday’s freezing rain warnings, it would be best to listen to what Environment Canada had to say.
First day of spring, 2013, blows in on the heels of a late winter blizzard. The past two weeks were so mild, it’s hard to believe that winter isn’t finished with us yet. It all reminds of last November’s chill.
Winter is at its darkest, most people are nursing their new year’s hangovers. We were on a plane bound for the northern coast of Cuba, just the place we needed to chase away the cold.