Here Comes the Rain Again

It’s time to keep it real, kids.  Winter in much of Canada’s westernmost province brings rain.  A lot of rain.  Vancouver Island doesn’t get hit as badly as the lower mainland, but it still adds up.  It requires a serious dose of positive attitude to get through the dark, wet months.  And waterproof clothes.  You need waterproof clothes.

Soundtrack: Here Comes the Rain Again

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The winter didn’t start out too badly.  I even legitimately enjoyed the snow around Christmas time.  For a while, there wasn’t nearly as much rain as I’d expected, and I didn’t feel that damp cold everyone warned me about.

Then, January came.

Victoria was hit with 125% more rain than usual. There have been floods and landslides.  Less than a week ago, the Regional District of Nanaimo declared an emergency after a mudslide washed out a road and swept a woman and her vehicle down a 75′ embankment. People had to be evacuated after 200 mm of rain fell in just 24 hours.

We’ve got a nice, warm house with a cuddly dog.  The roof isn’t leaking, our road hasn’t washed out, and we don’t have to go outside, if we don’t feel like it!.  It’s not -40.

I keep these thoughts rolling around in my head, and I can feel grateful.

The biggest challenge we’re facing is selecting places to hike. We’re waiting a bit before tackling Jocelyn Hill and Mount Finlayson.  It’s just too mucky and slippery to be safe on those trails right now.  Plus, if I’m going to work that hard, I damned well better be able to see the view when I get to the top!

Lucky for us, there are more hiking trails on Vancouver Island than we could explore in years. A new one this week was Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park.  After three tries, we finally found a trail that was passable.

 

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So, this is our big hardship.  Mucky trails.  Pretty hard done by, right?

I am reminded, every single day, how lucky I am to spend time tramping around forests, fed by the precipitation. Without it, Mother Nature wouldn’t produce any of this beauty.

 

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In the UK, we (and, by we I mean Karen) became quite adept at checking the weather online, finding that one hour window without rain. “It’s clearing at 11:45.  Get your boots on. GO!!”

We follow the same strategy here & every once in a while, we’re rewarded with  sun.

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All the same, a few hours of sun every week or so isn’t going to hold me for much longer!  Just as we fled to Spain after four months of rain in the UK,  the thought of some Thai sun, just around the corner, might be all that’s keeping me from losing it.

One more reason to feel grateful.

Soundtrack: Here Comes the Sun

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

 

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8 thoughts on “Here Comes the Rain Again

  1. That fungi may be pretty but looks toxic!
    I hope you get some drier weather before you move on. At least you should be able to dry out in Thailand 😃.

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  2. didn’t you get rain when you went to Spain too? Nowhere is immune from precipitation and those that are would welcome it!
    Great you have some sun to look forward to before the summer months.. the rest of us.. well we are just used to it..along with the commuter jams and working weeks haha

    We joke about this I know….but these places do enjoy better weather out of winter in general..pick the best places with the weather to match if you seek perfection.. otherwise join the rest of us 😁

    Love the blog .. keep them coming!

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  3. We did get a smattering of rain in Spain, but mostly, we enjoyed sunny days.

    We’re very lucky to have the chance to see these places, regardless of weather. If I were to restrict my travel based on weather, I’d hardly see anything of the world.

    Onward, with umbrella in hand, if necessary!

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  4. Ah Welcome to the Wet Coast! At least you don’t have to shovel it. 🙂

    January was wetter than usual. The ground around my house is saturated so that it oozes water when you tread on it. Such are most winters in the Lower Mainland. At least my garden is still growing red chard (albeit slowly),

    Yes! Tote those umbrellas! I’ve discovered that if I dress for wet weather and carry my ‘brolly the rain tends to be lighter. The sun will come out. It always does. September is one of the best months to visit the West Coast… (Shush don’t tell anyone!)

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  5. Enjoy!! It’s minus 39 here at home, with the wind…..the ends of my fingers are all cracked. Fishing is good at Matlock though…..that’s about all.
    Heading South next week although I wish we were heading to Thailand.
    You know I was going to Iceland “off season” soon….then I found out it’s a public holiday on my birthday and big celebrations…which stuffs up the quiet time at the big attractions.
    Taking your advice re rainwear/ layers etc…..as Iceland is unpredictable too.
    At least rain on the island is better than rain in UK……ugh, endless weeks of grey depressing misery, that’s how I remember life in England.😎

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  6. Iceland is going to be a BLAST!!! Friends who went this summer said they loved every second, even if the weather was a bit snarly.

    As much as we’ll be ready for the break from the weather, we are truly loving it here., and we’re already planning to return in future winters.

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  7. September is also one of our favourite times to stay home! Such is the conundrum we face. We are resigned to visiting some places when the weather isn’t at its best. C’est la vie!

    You’re right about not shovelling. I don’t miss that one bit (& nor does my back!).

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