Sunday, 8 January 2012

Full Moon Snow-shoe

All day the weather forecast was threatening freezing rain.  Aggghhh!

My early morning trainer ride was spinning along all the while I looking out the front window at a cornucopia of weather right before my very eyes.  Who needs TV, DVD or anything else for that matter, when you look out the window at rain, sleet, fog, sunshine ~ repeat!  The weather was not looking promising for our get together.

 When I threw out the idea of our snow-shoe, I included a Pot-Luck East Indian theme for the fare.  What better way to get the creative juices flowing than by challenging everyone to come up with some delectable delights.  So far, my procrastinating ways have not changed in 2012 but luckily for me, there is a new East Indian grocery store in the plaza where I work, so with ingredient list in hand I scoured the shelves looking for spices I've never even heard off.  I picked up everything required to make the Mango Cucumber Potato Salad, Mango Salsa and I cheated and bought a very spicy Lime Pickle.  All the while I was in town, it was in fact raining and sleeting, aggghhhh, all I could do was continue with my Full Moon chant and prayers to the weather Gods.  During my drive home the weather and the wind was shifting, you could feel it getting colder and when I finally arrived home with my bundle of groceries it was starting to snow!  YES!

While I was preparing the recipes I kept going to my back door and peering out I finally saw what I'd wished for all day!

The Moon Dance paid off! 

It was so great to catch up with everyone!  This was the group I'd met so many years ago when we all started running at the Running Room.  Albeit they are much younger and faster runners, it is just amazing that we have kept in touch over the years.  Running and Triathlons seem to make an unbreakable bond.

Our gracious host's beautiful Christmas Tree

Heading into the night

A quick regroup

it was getting colder

and colder

breaking a new trail

ski's are just fine too!

where I live is gorgeous

When we emerged from the bush it was really cold and very windy, many had thought that they'd over dressed for the event, but once we were back in the open everyone was scrambling to zip back up their jackets and pull their toques down further on their heads.

Once back at the house the food prep was in full swing!  Every element on the gas stove was in use, the oven was on heating up nan bread, delicious aromas were wafting through the air and believe me, just hearing the laughter, the tales of first time snow-shoer's, toasting the new year and hearing all about their Ironman training made it all worth while.  What a great way to kick off 2012!  Wishing all of you great success while getting ready for Ironman Mt. Tremblant!  See you out on the roads and at the pool!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,



Xenia said...

That sounded like so much fun! Glad everyone had a great time.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Looks like you had fun! I agree - such a pretty scene with the snow on the trees.

Ewa said...

What chants did you use to invite snow? I think I need to start chanting now so we get some snow in the mountains.
So let me repeat myself, I am insanely jealous of this activity. Snow. Full moon. Snowshoeing. Fun. And your salad is sooo tempting. Please, move to CA (yes, I am repeating myself).

Groover said...

What a wonderful evening! I could smell the food through the computer and my mouth started watering at your description. :-)

Dee said...

Anything with a potluck dinner is the best! Sharing food is very involving for me, I love the pleasure of a meal we all contributed to, it is always special.
OK, so I have had to turn down the fan at the sight of all that frost and snow! Shivers!

kilax said...

What fun! I am so happy the weather cooperated... and that you had all that yummy food to go back to! What a blast! I do love how running/tris forms such a bond, like you said.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Wow, cold and snow! How can you handle that???? I love Global warming.......... HA

Marlene said...

This is such a fun idea! I love all the adventures you have with your friends. :)

So glad the weather turned out for you!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Now how cool is that to by the light of the moon!! Jealous!!

swim,bike, is just what we do ;))

BreeWee said...

Lily I LOVE your photos, beautiful........ make 2012 awesome. So sorry for what you have hanging over your head, keep positive even when it sucks! YOU CAN DO IT :) Rootin for you, f words if we have too ;)

Wes said...

brrrrr! looks like fun! cold, but fun!!

Alexandra said...

You do such fun things! I have snowshoed in the dark but not purposely and it was at the end of a very long trek and I just wanted it over with. After seeing your photos, I think I would enjoy a planned snowhsoe under a bright moon. Thank you for sharing your fun with us!

Black Knight said...

That is an unknown "icy" world for me. Great photos.