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December 31, 2010

Christmas in Nelson – Dec 24-29, 2010

Filed under: Canada, Hike, Travel — K2 in Canada @ 6:04 PM

Sheila and Brent invited us over for Christmas this year. So we packed up the truck, picked up Jeff’s parents and went for the 8.5hr drive to Nelson in BC’s southeast corner. It was pouring rain when we left Vancouver early on the 24th but as soon as we passed Hope and started to climb the first of 4 mountain passes the scenery changed into Winter Wonderland – lots to look at which made the drive feel much shorter than it was. Even saw some deer along the road in the middle of the day. We stayed for four days being well looked after by Sheila and Brent as well as Sheila’s parents. Lots of fun and even more good food. We strolled along Kootenay Lake in the bright winter sun, walked around downtown Nelson while it was snowing, went snowshoeing on the Trans-Canada-Trail along Cottonwood Lake, hiked up a mountain near the local ski hill (Whitewater) and finally went curling with Sheila’s extended family. Great trip – see pictures below or more at: http://NelsonBCDec24292010

Arriving at Sheila and Brent’s place – the dog, Loki, was also a guest like us.

Merry Christmas

Loki is unwrapping the first present

Kootenay Lake in Nelson

The Raymond Clan Downtown Nelson – Baker Street

Cottonwood Trail – Maynetta’s first time on snowshoes. Sheila on Telemark skis

Roy got the easier to manage snowshoes

Leaving Maynetta and Roy at the ski lodge, Sheila, Brent, Jeff and I went straight up a mountain – the locals on backcountry skis, the touris on snowshoes

Jeff and I – slightly ahead of the skis on the way up

Downhill the skiers left us in the dust – Sheila lining up for a jump

Loki wasn’t too pleased on the downhill part trying to get through the deep powder

Maynetta showing Jeff the curling basics

The Ryan and Raymond clans – and Dave the pipe player

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