Karen and I were incredibly fortunate to be successful in getting a house sit in the City of Chestermere, just outside of Calgary, Alberta. This is especially significant for us as we are from Calgary and had not been back in four years. For people familiar with Calgary, the first question to us was “Calgary, in winter, why???” Fair question. But the chance to catch up with ours sons, mothers, family, and friends was long overdue. This was our first family Christmas in seven years.
After spending the last seven years as far away from snow and cold as possible it has been a wonderful challenge reacquainting ourselves with an Alberta winter. But once again our luck has held. The month of December was perfect.
We have tried to be tourists in our own backyard while we have been back. Part of that was spending a day enjoying the historical attraction of Heritage Park.
As I mentioned earlier, the Rocky Mountains are something that are close to my heart. Once the New Year came we did a trip out to Banff and Lake Louise to soak in the grandeur. The weather wasn’t perfect, but hey, it is winter in the mountains.
One of the best aspects of being back is spending time with family and friends. Though we enjoy great support from everyone for our nomadic lifestyle, it is still difficult to be away at times. Visiting and reconnecting has been the best part of being back.
January certainly brought with it a serious reminder of what winter in Alberta can be like. Going from a nearly perfect month of December we were plunged into a cold snap with daily HIGHS of -28C.