Marda Loop - 51° 01' 11" N 114° 07' 58" W

April is Spring in Calgary.  Spring conjures visions of bulbs popping up and waving their colourful blooms, buds sprouting on trees, blossoms and snow melting.  Not Calgary, not this year.  Here, winter is still in full swing.  The bulbs have rolled over and pulled up the covers as the snow continues to fall and fall and fall.

Our Calgary friends are shaking their heads and asking, why did you come back?

In a few weeks, the snow will stop falling, the bulbs will bloom, the trees will bud and the birds will return.  We will pack away our snow boots and skis, pull out our bikes and hiking boots forgetting the long, cold, snowy winter.   We will hike and cycle and swim and float and run outdoors barefoot.

And when the snow first flies in October, we will run around excitedly with our arms outstretched catching the flakes in our palms!

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