day 1 : I walked on water

Really I did.  Okay, well maybe it was frozen water, but still...

walking on water

Normally we don't think about it too much that we are actually standing on a great big body of water but this time we did.  It happened while under a bridge, where the snow fall couldn't quite reach, when we were startled by the presence of ice.   It was a bizarre reaction, the girls were instantly terrified, the boys thought it was cool like an endless black hole and I admit to feeling nervous while thoughts of the scene in Journey to the Centre of the Earth filled my head.  They were all standing on a glass like surface before it broke and then all went plummeting to their doom, okay a bit dramatic I know.  So what was the difference?  I mean all along we were walking on the river, but I guess as long as we were contented in knowing it was snow covered, the world was fine.  As you can imagine we didn't spend too much time standing around contemplating how strong the ice was before we went on our merry way back to the snow covered path...back to safety ;)

walking on water.

The path I'm speaking of by the way is the Assiniboine River Trail that now measures over 9 km long.   Last year this path made the Guinness book of world records for being the longest skating trail.   That's quite a feat and a testament to how frigid it really is here.  Cold or not the party must go on and tomorrow kicks off the big winter festival in our parts and this year we plan on taking in some of the celebrations: sledding, sleigh rides and snow taffy.  I have to ward off the old February funk in a more constructive way than doritos, so for the next 10 days I'll be mixing things up a bit with photos from outdoors.  You are more than welcome to join with me on your blog or at the festival.  Salut!


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