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
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.
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.
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.
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