Just outside the hotel at Lake Louise the fresh fallen snow was laid heavy upon the branches and fences around the property. An area on the lake near the hotel was being cleared by a small bobcat and people dressed very warmly walked close together in the minus 25 temperatures. As the sun darted in and out from the fast moving clouds up high in the mountain I could hear the high pitched noise of the bells jingling. I expected, as you might, that the horse drawn sled would have a group of tourists enjoying, as best one can enjoy a sled ride at those temperatures sitting on wooden benches, the afternoon excursion through the beautiful scenery.
Instead to my amazement came not a sled with people but one with a snow plow. I had never seen a horse drawn snow plow. When I was very young I remember watching along our street in Winnipeg the horse drawn milk wagon. The milk man dressed in white would run from house to house while the horse knowing which houses to stop at (I’m not kidding – he did) would pull the wagon down the street.
At any rate… this is one of my favourite photos from the mountains of Alberta and one of my great memories. What a delight to see something so unique. It’s unique right? I mean have you seen one of these?
Speaking of other great snow memories – here’s Wendy by our little car, a 1978 Honda Civic, and I believe this is a honeymoon picture. I know you are saying… “what?!!! – a honeymoon in the snow?!! What – ???? Okay I was poor and we got married in winter.
But it is still a great photo of my great partner in life – and it couldn’t have been too bad – we will celebrate 35 years of marriage in February.