Hello! As I've mentioned in my earlier posts, we have had an unusually warm winter and a March full of spring time weather. While I would have gladly welcomed more powder for the month of March (and the winter in general) we have still been getting out and having some fun adventures!
I have always wanted to go to Granite Hot Springs in the winter, which you have to access by snowmobile. Kyle's brother gifted us with a 1987 Polaris Indy this winter, and we made the fun trip with some friends to soak in the gorgeous springs. It was really beautiful, and a fun maiden voyage for Kyle, myself, and "DeAnna," our sled. Can't wait to take DeAnna on some backcountry trips with my bro and his 1995 Polaris Indy, which belonged to my dad at one time.
We also just arrived home after an amazing trip to see our northern neighbors in Canada! I love British Columbia so much, and am very grateful to have laid down some roots there over the years, and have family there to keep us going back. Our first stop was Nelson, BC, to see my sweet sister Amber May, along with friends and family. Nelson is an amazing, incredibly picturesque mountain town, which sits on Kootenay Lake. It is a unique and very special place, from the delicious food available, to epic skiing and biking, to the kind, creative, and kooky people that live there. We had a great time drinking the best coffee from Oso Negro, skiing up at Whitewater Ski Resort, and laughing with friends and family. I am always sad to leave Nelson, but look forward to the next time I get to go back and drive up the gorgeous lake shore, listen to amazing bluegrass at a lovely house show (the wonderful Pharis and Jason Romero), and see the sweet smiles of the people I love there. A visit with Amber always leaves me rejuvenated, with newfound inspiration to tide me over until we see each other again.
From there we headed to the East Kootenays to visit my little brother in Fernie. He moved to Fernie from Nelson about four years ago, to snowboard the epic mountains there and begin his career as a tattoo artist. He completed his apprenticeship at Poison Apple Tattoo, where he is now tattooing full time. Davis always inspires me with his love for life, kindness to others, and his skill at everything he puts his mind to. He is an amazing human, and I am very proud of him. We had a lovely time in Fernie, got a chance to ski the resort and see what the mountains there have to offer. We will definitely be heading back next season (hopefully with more snow) to ski some rad terrain. I was able to visit an awesome letterpress shop there, Clawhammer Press, and procure some lovely printed materials, as well as visit their studio. We ate delicious food in town, and made good use of my brother's stellar VHS collection. Davis makes me laugh unlike anyone else, and I left there with a few tears, but with countless smiles!
It looks like we may get a few days of snow here in the Tetons, hopefully a little late March powder skiing is in store! I am looking forward to some more days on my skis, while at the same time starting to dream about planting seeds in our garden and riding my bike. Coming down off our Canada adventure, I am reminded what a rich life we live, with so many remarkable people that we love, and so much joy in our hearts and lives. I hope the same big love for all of you! Cheers!