The price we pay for spring

This has to be the wettest — and the coldest — spring I have experienced in the Okanagan. 

It is rather depressing that Facebook likes to remind you how beautiful it was on the same day last year with temperatures in the mid-20s and as high as 27 degrees.

But if it is any consolation, flowers don’t grow in a dry desert. Is this penance for a beautiful, late spring? I would like to think so.

My cherry blossom has been trying to show it’s face for a few weeks now and a magnolia in our back yard seems terrified to commence its short-lived, but resplendent, bloom.

I don't mind the rain. In fact, over time, it will recharge aquifers, keep our forests moist and nobody has to water their lawns for a few months after all this rain, so perhaps it is good.

What I don't appreciate is that while it was raining here a few days ago, the temperature was three degrees. In fact, as I write this, snow flakes are falling, on April 13. It is like being back in Canmore.

I have to consider it conditioning. I have a pending move to the Kootenays where there is typically a little more rain than here. Thankfully, that rain (in a normal year) is condensed into one month. 

My family and I have had an amazing time in the Okanagan and we will be visiting here a lot. The most important reason will be because we have our first grandchild joining us later this month.

Yes, I know, strange timing, but it wasn't planned that way.

The drive from here to Kaslo (our new address) is delightful and I need to be here every few weeks, so the road will become very familiar to me whether on my motorbike or in the car.

The motivation comes from a deep desire to live in the mountains — the Monashees, Purcells and Selkirks.

After having lived in Canmore for so many years, we have found ourselves missing the mountain lifestyle. For several years, we have been going to Kokanee Glacier and hiking in the alpine with friends. The decision to move just evolved over time. 

Kaslo is a delightful, little mountain village nestled on the shore of Kootenay Lake just north of Nelson and the famous Ainsworth Hot Springs. The lake is lined with gigantic and majestic mountains and the climate… well, typically a few degrees cooler in the summer and a few degrees warmer in the winter.

The population of Kaslo hasn't really changed much in about 100 years, which is also part of the appeal to me. It will be a place to rest and recover from frantic business travel and other adventures.

The Okanagan has provided that respite for many years now but frankly, life is an adventure. It is time to create some fresh adventures. 

In a normal year, moss would not grow under my feet, this year there is moss on the bottom of my webbed feet.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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