Monday, February 18, 2013
A Magical Moment
Ask yourself this question: What would get a family of Canadian expats dancing around the woods of North Carolina?
If you guessed a snow storm, you would be correct.
We were out at Latta Plantation Park, just north of Charlotte North Carolina, around 3PM, taking a short hike in the woods. It was a cold but dry day, with just a slight hint of wind.
Suddenly the wind picked up quite dramatically. Both my wife and I looked northwards and saw the trees in the distance rustling. In less than a minute we started seeing snow flakes, and a few seconds later the snow was falling heavily in large fluffy flakes. It only took a few minutes for the ground to become white. The snow came on so dramatically, and so suddenly that it felt like Mother Nature threw a surprise party, just for us. It can only be described as a magic moment.
We were geocaching, so we kept going to find the cache, all the while getting more and more excited to finally be in a snow storm again. For a couple of Canadians who haven't been in a proper winter in 5 years, walking through the woods with falling snow was absolutely fantastic.
We sung, we danced, we laughed, we giggled, and we took lots of photos - savouring every moment. Being in the south we knew it wouldn't last (indeed by the time we drove the hour home the snow was gone), but for a wonderful moment we had our own winter wonderland... and it was absolutely amazing.
I'll leave you with some more pictures from the experience.