I moved to Kansas from a small ski village in British Columbia. There we recieved 40-60 feet of snow per winter...it was a true 'Winter Wonderland' where the snow came straight down and turned posts into mushrooms as the snow piled up. Sounds were muffled because of all the snow banks along the roads. If you didn't ski or snow mobile or snow board or some other form of outdoor activity it was a LONG LONG winter. Most of the people who lived there were the outdoors type...people who lived there because they LOVED it. Yes you either loved it or hated it. In the summers it rained a lot. This particular part of the country was considered a 'northern hemisphere rain forest' so it is a very lush green place to live. Moss and ferns were everywhere along with cedar and hemlock tree's. When the sun comes out...it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Clear water...waterfalls...mountain lakes... lush forests. A place I sometimes miss but most especially my family. I hope you enjoy a little taste of my homeland.
Hubby and I at Begbie Falls
Hubby can't get over the clear water. We don't see that in our area of Kansas.
Northern Hemisphere Rain Forest
Some of our Children and Grand Children
on the mossy trail near the waterfall
Heading back up the steep trail
These waterfalls are about a half hour drive from my former home. The closest town to the east was a 2 hour drive across mountain passes and summits. To the south you had to drive about 25 miles and then take a 20 minute ferry ride and then another half hour drive to a town smaller than mine. To the north it was 80 miles to a huge dam that was the end of the road and near the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River. To the west it was a 2 hour drive to a small city where we used to do a lot of our shopping. Every where you went was beautiful scenery.
Do I miss it? I miss my family.
I still love the mountains but there is a beauty to the prairies and farmland. My Dad was a true 'flat lander'. He loved to visit us in BC with my Step Mom and he loved sight seeing and picking huckleberries on the side of a mountain and drinking from a mountain stream...but he would always say...'I LOVE the mountains...but they get in the way of the view!'
Finally I understand.