Summer Is Back!
Well, summer is upon us again, thank God!!! or whoever you thank.
I suppose for a lot of people it probably is not a big deal as they live in a part of the world that has warm temperatures all year round. Not this guy, and you know what, you don’t even need to pity me because (and I know this might be a silly thing to say, but) I really like having four seasons in my year.
Yes, some of you are having a good laugh at that statement. Go ahead, gaffaw! Chuckle at my stupidity. A friend once told me that after moving to Florida and living there for the last few years, there is no way in hell that he would move back home (Boston area to be exact). It is way to nice to wake up every morning to sunny and warm, or no snow or the up and down weather of spring and fall.
Exactly! Those are the exact reasons why I like living in the Great White North (although, it’s pretty green right now). I live in one of the most northern major cities in the world, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Well, just outside of it. We have long cold winters here. Our springs generally are warm with cold patches and rain mixed in with a few snow flurries. Exciting right! Our summers are generally hot, well hot for us anyway, with a good amount of evening thunderstorms. I enjoy a good thunderstorm. Our summer evenings are long. On summer solstice (June.21) it usually does not get completely dark until well after 11pm. Come to think of it, I remember working shift work many years ago and leaving to go home at around 2:30 am. I looked to the north (because that was the direction I was driving) and you could still see a hint of light blue sky just at the horizon. A great time to sit around a backyard fire with family and friends. Autumn is a lot like spring, only backwards. Then a long cold winter again.
Now I can here you thinking about all of that and saying “screw that.” Give me a nice warm, sunny day, everyday, that’s the life. Hey maybe you are right, maybe that is the best life. But before you try and convert me to the dark side, let me have my say and then we’ll talk.
Variety is supposed to be the “spice of life”, yes? Well, I like my seasons spicy. Rain, snow and sunny hot days all create a great recipe for life. As I sit here writing this, I am waiting for the rain to pass and the sun to come out so I can go out for a paddle with my wife out on Big Lake in the kayak, and I am ok with that because we need some rain as it has been sunny and warm the last few days. The grass needs some water, so does the garden. Friday night we went for a paddle on the lake for a couple of hours as the sun was getting low in the northwest. The water was still and the bugs decided to go bother other people. It was a very nice evening indeed. These are the days we dream about when it is the middle of January and it is blowing snow and ridiculously cold. I think that is why I like it. The variety.
Different weather offers up different experiences. Hiking along the mountain river in the summer as it carves its way down into a canyon and comes out at the bottom flowing majestically down thru the valley. Hiking that same river into the canyon in the winter time is a completely different experience. The water does not flow any more. It is frozen, which allows you to walk down into the canyon on the ice and look up from below. The water that runs from the top down the sides of the canyon are now frozen and have created magnificent ice walls that are 60 feet tall. So cool watching ice climbers scaling these ice walls. Same place, two completely different experiences. Now multiply that by four different seasons and a multitude of places to visit, each with its own visual identity that changes with each season. Variety indeed!
Now, I know that there can be long stretches of cold or rainy days that make you ask yourself why do I put up with this. Why not move to a place that is sunny and warm every day, year round. Well, I guess the only thing I can say is that I think I would miss the changes in the seasons, the leaves turning colours, the Christmas lights reflecting brightly off the white snow, a new spring day of warm weather and melting snow and camping out by the lake or in the mountains in the summer time. When you grow up with the seasons changing, you kinda look forward to it. Yes, you also can’t wait for spring, and summer when it’s the middle of winter, but hey, at least you have something to look forward too! It is a great thing to be able to celebrate all the seasons that the earth has to offer.
Guess what? It has stopped raining and the sun has come out so I have to go. Going for a quick paddle with Cat in the kayak out on Big Lake. Time to enjoy another summer experience that I can look back on when it’s cold and snowy. Later!