Spring is finally here, and with it comes the warm temperatures and pollen. It also means it’s time for me to post about my winter activities. Winter tends to be the slow season when it comes to activities, but I managed to get out and keep life from getting too boring. Here is just a quick list of my winter highlights with some photos to boot.
I went home for the holidays for two weeks. It was mostly to spend time with family, and to eat lots of yummy food (both home cooking and restaurants) that I can’t in NC. I had wanted to go skiing as Vancouver got plenty of snowfall this winter, and even got a friend to agree to it, but we both got sick and couldn’t go. I did manage to get a little bit though despite the cold, and here are the highlights:
Yadkin Valley Wine Tour
Back in NC, a couple of travel buddies and I went on a wine tour in the Yadkin Valley area. I went with a group about a year and half ago, and it was pretty fun. This time, we went with a tour company that drove us around to four wineries in the area. It was a bit of grey and dreary day, but we still enjoying tasting different wines in the Yadkin Valley. I’m not much of a wine connoisseur, but drinking with friends is always fun.
Skiing in Wintergreen
While I didn’t get to snow the beautiful powder back in BC, I did go skiing for the first time in three years, and first time in the Southeast. We went to Wintergreen Resort in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. It was a warm winter day, plenty of people, and not a whole lot of snow, but we still had fun. Even though I haven’t skied in the three years, I did reasonably well and only fell three times, the last of which was some newbie snowboarder running into me. Looks like I still remember how to ski. Still, the skiing is better up north, or in the areas where the mountains are a bit taller. Hopefully I’ll be able to ski north shore or Whistler when I’m back in BC some time.
Crowders Mountain State Park
I went to Charlotte area to visit a friend, and we went a hiked the nearby Crowders Mountain State Park. Being the closest “mountain” to the Charlotte area, Crowders Mountain is a popular park. It was a warm winter day, and we had to park a bit outside of the park because parking was full. It was a pretty easy hike up to the top, and the top of Crowders Mountain provides a pretty good view of the surrounding area along with rugged cliffs to explore for the adventurous. On a clear day, you can even see Uptown Charlotte, which we were able to do.
Local Events and Exploration
Last but not least, I did some exploring the Triangle area, and attended some interesting shows and performances. Below are the photo highlights:
Those are the highlights of the last winter. I’m already got some plans for adventures in the spring. Thanks for reading, and until next time.