Yes, like everywhere in the lower mainland, it’s cold, very cold, so cold we had to bring all our drinks in from our carport crush bar because they were freezing (Oh, the hardship). It snowed and then it melted a bit and froze, so you can walk on top of the snow and every now and then your boot breaks through for an icy, winter surprise.
Meaghan assured me that the trees had protected the forest paths from getting covered, but they really were snowy and hikers and bikers (dedication!) had packed the snow down into white, glassy trails. My snow boots don’t have enough traction and when I tried to go uphill I would just slide back down. I had to go off the trail and find a way to use untrodden snow on the side for grip. Eventually we had to decide between trail and logging road and road won because I could navigate it. The only scary part was the downward icy hill leading to the swamp bridge—go on your bum or risk a swamp bath.
The next day I went to Canadian Tire and bought some Grip-Ons, which are light weight crampons that go over your shoes. They work okay. I still fell over once on top of the slag heap near Old Japantown, I think because I am a clumsy walker to begin with and the Grip-Ons made me too confident.
The Village does a kind of funny thing where they plow Main Street so that the snow pile is in the middle. Makes for interesting jaywalking.
Adam cleared some snow off the swamp and poured water on it (the swamp is only frozen in spots, which is weird when you walk on it because you can see spots that are liquid). Then he put some hockey nets and someone, maybe Adam as well, put a bench on there. It’s been sunny and the holidays so this skating “rink” is well used. In my imagination people forget to take these things off the swamp before the melt comes, and the swamp bottom is covered with hockey nets and benches, but really, Adam probably removes them in time.
At night the stars are beautiful, and sometimes there is moisture in the air which freezes and it makes an icy fog.
SO WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MOSQUITOES, THEN? WHY? I’ve been meaning to mention a quirk of Cumberland is we have mosquitoes all year ’round. The mostly don’t bite, mostly, but I do have an itchy bump on my index finger right now. I think the mosquitoes mainly live at our house, in the bathtub. When I shower I open the window over our bathtub and blow them outside. Take that, winter mosquitoes! So now you know how mosquitoes survive over winter—they migrate to Cumberland and vex us 12 months of the year. You’re welcome?