“Only count the sunny days” – Anonymous
Maybe it is due to the weather. The graying skies and the barren trees are making me feel a bit gloomy. I hate gray. I detest a day without the sun shining. Although I live in a cold climate, I find the warmer, grayer month of November to be deeply bland and moody. Ironically enough December is usually beautiful. It may be colder but we generally have snow and sun, the perfect combination to lift one’s mood.
Call me crazy but winter in Minnesota can be fun and enjoyable. As long as you dress warmly, put on a smile and embrace it. There is nothing better than a bright sunny day after a fresh snowfall when the world outside is blanketed in brilliant, glistening wet snow. It is perhaps one of the most spectacular creations of winter. When the trees are laden with heavy, drippy, iridescent snow and the sun is melting it right before your eyes. For me, this is truly a wonderful time of year.
One thing that comes with snow is skiing. I love to ski and learned to ski when I was a tiny tot. As soon as we get the first snowfall, I’m itching to go out. It won’t be long now until we get our first snow fall and I can hit the slopes. In the meantime, a little winter dreaming will brighten an otherwise downcast day.
A wonderful day in Taos, New Mexico – February 2011
A fresh coat of snow meant powder! It was time to take our skis off and hike up to the bowl. There she is….waiting.
We climb, climb and climb. The sun is so brilliant it hurts your eyes. The air is so fresh and pure. It is simply wonderful up here. The views from the top of the mountain are absolutely stunning. I feel elated. I feel alive. Life is good.
Less than one month away until the ski hills open here…..I can hardly wait!
This post is in response to Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post: Wonderful. To read more entries, click here.