It has been a long, miserable winter so far. True, it has been one of the mildest winters on record for our region, with temperatures 20 or more degrees above normal and sunshine nearly every day, but the fact remains that January is the most dark and depressing month of the year and I feel we are well shot of it. Besides, I am not sure why we are expected to be thankful for milder temperatures and sunshine in January! The milder temperatures were hardly tropical! Rather, it was only mild enough to prevent any snow from falling - and snow is the one thing that can brighten the landscape (and the spirits!) in the dark of winter. I, for one, would have preferred temperatures ten degrees colder and plenty of snowstorms to liven things up around here!
Speaking of snow, however, I am happy to report that
We left yesterday morning, full of good cheer and confident that, although it was dull, brown and deadly at home, there would be cooler temperatures and bright snow up north. Sure enough, the snow started to fly as if on cue just about 100 miles north of home, and by the time we arrived at the resort, we were driving in a veritable Christmas Card scene. TITK understand that I am nothing if not a nature-lover, so this scene was a balm to my weary spirit, indeed.
Let me be perfectly frank. Whenever one hears the phrase "rustic charm", one must understand that one is hearing an oxymoron. A place that is truly rustic, is rustic full stop. Unlike in the movies, where "rustic charm" means a little northwoods decor is draped around accommodations so luxurious one could transfer them to Beverly Hills without anyone noticing - hence, I presume, the source of the delusion that rustic and charm ever belong in the same phrase together - the true ski chalet is actually rustic.
|rustic living room
In all other respects, I am prepared to admit that the lodgings are more than adequate and indeed quite cozy, because (as Those in the Know can attest) I am the epitome of gracious flexibility. Scott and I sent the boys off for an afternoon on the hill, while we went off to rent ski equipment for me.