For the last three days, not even the ducks ventured out. Everyone hunkered down. The fire’s been kept burning. I’ve alternately stared into the fire and delved deep into Steve Price’s latest, Lampedusa. The last 150 pages gripped and I likely wouldn’t have left the house if the rain had been snow on any day.

I lived the first two-thirds of my life in mountains where it snowed in the winter. Rain was an anomaly. I can’t remember a winter rain. Ever. Of course, these were high mountains. The ridges topped 13,000 feet and four or five 14,000 foot peaks could be seen from town. Town sat at 10,000 feet, so even in the summer, it was more likely to snow than rain.

We learned that there were days it was best to keep the fire going, sit with a good book and let the weather outside settle down. To run by on its own. Those days, you slow cooked steel-cut oats. You put the apple chunks in early, to infuse the oats with the apple’s sweetness. The chopped walnuts you threw in last and just long enough to warm, so they stayed crunchy. And it really didn’t matter if you sprinkled brown sugar or maple syrup over the blob, as long as you had whole milk or even better, cream.

In a day, or two, three at the most, the weather would change and we’d head out again.

This morning about 7:30 the rain turned to snow. The air cooled. The clouds started to lift. Another morning in front of the fire and all will be good.

Leave a comment

Related Stories

Fernie Network Blogs

Locals Report
Locals Report

A locals update on snow, trails, powder and more.

Read More
Fernie Bike Events
Fernie Bike Events

Fernie's destination biking events organized locally.

Read More
Mary Giuliano
Mary Giuliano

Mary writes about the town she has loved since moving here in May of 1953.

Read More
Fernie Alpine Resort
Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort offers world-class winter and summer activities.

Read More
Backcountry Powder
Backcountry Powder

Fernie's backcountry is where the powder lasts for weeks whether you're touring or riding!

Read More
Elk River Alliance
Elk River Alliance

A community-based water group protecting the Elk River watershed.

Read More
Wildsight
Wildsight

Working to protect wildlife, water and wild spaces.

Read More
Fernie Chamber
Fernie Chamber

A service organization dedicated to enhancing the economic future of Fernie and the quality of life.

Read More
Council Connection
Council Connection

Fernie Council Meeting updates and news is available here in the latest edition of Council Connection.

Read More
Regional District of East Kootenay
Regional District of East Kootenay

Local rural area government dedicated to providing quality service to residents and property owners.

Read More
Off Camber in Fernie
Off Camber in Fernie

Keith Liggett follows the goings and comings in Fernie—in town and on the hill—but not in the normal fall line.

Read More
Fernie Ski & Board Fim Fest
Fernie Ski & Board Fim Fest

Hundreds of skiers and boarders celebrate the coming season with the seasons top ski and board films.

Read More
Fernie Ghostriders
Fernie Ghostriders

Fernie's Junior B Hockey Club, a proud member of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Read More
Fernie Whitewater Park
Fernie Whitewater Park

The Fernie Whitewater Park Society is working towards building a surf wave in the City of Fernie.

Read More
That Mountain Life
That Mountain Life

This vlog shares outdoor adventure content by a dad who has a passion for spending time outside.

Read More