Saturday Snippets: 31.December.2016

Holy moly, can anyone else believe that we’re at the end of 2016 already? One year ago, we were wondering as to whether we would be in The Van and on our travels. Jonty gave it a 50% chance, I thought around 75% and Jonty’s brother an optimistic 90% chance. While we’re definitely not on the road with a finished van, we’ve made reasonable progress. We’ve told everyone it WILL be finished in 2017, so now the pressure’s on 😉

We spent the holidays in Saskatchewan, with my side of the family, and had a wonderful time. The week went by quickly, with lots of visiting and eating and drinking, and very little time online. As such, I’m anticipating another Saturday Snippets that is light on the words and heavy on the photos.

So here are a few things that caught our eye online in the word of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 31.December. 2016.

And now for a few holiday pictures.

Checking out the prairie landscape, from above.

Christmas was filled with stocking and Christmas sweaters and backyard ice hockey. A Christmas-day birthday and just-because cinnamon buns. A few tasty local craft breweries and lots and lots of coffee 🙂

Happy Weekend and Happy New Year!

Scenes From Above

Last week I headed back to the prairies to spend some time with my family. The few days I was there went by quickly, but I had a great visit with everyone. Our two little nephews are growing like weeds and are turning into little men! The great thing about being on sabbatical is that I can take advantage of seat sales (travel to Saskatchewan isn’t usually a hot-spot destination during January 🙂 ).

I usually like the aisle seat, but lately I’ve opted for the window, in the hopes of enjoying some of the views. This trip was no exception. | Airplane view of sunrise

Up above the Vancouver clouds. | Airplane view over the Canadian Rockies

Heading over the Rockies into Calgary. | Airplane view of the Canadian prairies in winter

The Saskatchewan winter patchwork.

The weather was unseasonably warm while I was there – like on the plus-celsius side!! But this West-Coast girl wasn’t complaining! We enjoyed the blue skies, backyard skating rink, and balmy snowman-building weather. | Skating in the backyard with family, Regina SK

Our 3-year-old nephew showing Auntie how it’s done. | Sunrise, Regina | Silhouette of | Building snowmen, Regina SK

As I flew out of Regina, the prairie landscape lit up under the rising sun, with views nicer than the socked-in rain that welcomed me back home. | Airplane view of the Canadian prairies in | Airplane view of the Canadian prairies in winter

The countdown is now on for our big trip! Only 13 days until we pick up our RV and begin our 3-month adventure. I guess it’s time we start planning!!