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.