Ever since we came home from Palm Springs, we've been looking through our vacation photos and dreaming of beach days. The kids keep asking when they can wear their sandals, and, more importantly for Soren, when he can ride his bike. While these activities are likely a loooong way off, we have had some really great weather here in Winnipeg that has had us appreciating winter.
The forks river trail is an awesome winter activity. This year the skating trail stretches for almost 12 kilometres, and is lined with architecturally designed warming huts. We stopped and played in the majority of them, which was a nice break for me as I was pushing over 80 pounds!
Originally, we hadn't planned on going all the way to the forks, but the weather was just so beautiful we didn't want to stop. It was family day, and there were hundreds of people out enjoying the fresh air (60,000 over the weekend!). At the forks, the festival du voyageur had set up an ice bar that was serving lots of french-inspired treats. We didn't get anything from the bar, but we thoroughly enjoyed our bannock dog, macaroni and cheese croquettes, a beaver tail, and of course tortiére.
While we tend to find winter activities a little boring, it was fun to see others experience winter. We watched a group of Japanese students marvel in the excitement of their first snowball fight, and saw many first-time skaters navigate the ice on shaky legs. It's so easy to take what's around you for granted - this is something that I in particular need to work on. Experiencing a winter day like this one is something many people dream about, and it's literally in our backyard.