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Foggy Beach Walks

I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan and as far back as I can remember, our neighbours were Peter and Caroline, an elderly couple known fondly as “Peanuts and Chickie”. Once or twice a week, Mom would head over to their house after her day teaching, for a coffee and a treat. Sometimes my brother and I would go along for the treats (I remember a lot of Wagon Wheels…).

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I was never old enough to take part in the conversation, other than to answer questions about school and various activities I was in, but there were a few nuggets of information, “Peanuts” would always say, that have become firmly lodged in my brain, 30-odd years later.

He would take a cod-liver oil pill every day, and make the claim that those pills were the reason he was never sick (he passed away in his late-90’s, so perhaps he was onto something!).

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And if we ever had extended periods of foggy weather, he would always say “Well, we’ll be gettin’ a lot of precipitation 3 months from now!” I have no idea where this statement came from – the Farmer’s Almanac? Saskatchewan Folklore?! Regardless, Mom would make a little note on the calendar: “Peter says lots of rain/snow”.

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Apparently my childhood memory would suggest that “Peanuts was always right because, to this day, whenever we get a lot of foggy weather, I still make a mental note of the calendar season, wondering how much rain we’ll be getting in 3 months time (because, let’s face it, rain is the guaranteed form of precipitation in Vancouver)! It’s funny how certain memories stick with you 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

On New Years Day, we wandered down to Kit’s Beach. There were a few people out walking and jogging, perhaps kick-starting their New Year’s Resolutions. By the time we walked from our car to the waterfront, a dense fog had pulled  in over the water, and there were moments where you couldn’t see much more than 10 meters in any direction!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

After about an hour, the fog started to pull back over the water, but didn’t disappear completely. I think we probably had two or three good days of fog.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

So, now we’ll all be wondering – “Was Peanuts right?!?!”

I guess we’ll find out in April 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

2 Comments

  1. Moira, your grandpa Schmuland farmed by that very weather observation! I mark the 90 day fog thing in my calendar all the time.

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