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The Distant Rumblings of an Avalanche

After we put the kids to bed for the evening we opened a bottle of wine and sat by the crackling fire. It was there we discussed our summer plans and enjoyed the smoky warmth of the cabin. It was only  in the distance we could hear the  faint sound of snow running off the mountainside.


An hour later we heard a similar noise and this time the cabin began to shake for several minutes. We looked at each other, clutching our wine glasses,   in awe of the sheer force of the avalanche rumbling in the far distance.

It was one of those first warm springtime days which was the perfect condition for an avalanche in the area.  The sun had beat down its warmth  on top of the snowy peaks to grace us with its springtime beauty.

An avalanche is dangerous, its loud, and sometimes unpredictable. You never know which way the snow will run off the mountainside. Sometimes transitions in life are just as unpredictable but always for the better.

The sun has a quiet way of waking up the world and  it cues the changes of the season. Once the snow is shed from the mountain there is a welcoming beauty which is fervent for change.

What do you love about the arrival of spring?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. I cannot imagine experiencing an avalache – WOW!!! I love how the birds go ga-ga in love (have a dove sitting on a nest in our gutter) and the flowers start to pop up and show their colors in the Spring. Plus the warmer weather is nice too! Happy Monday:)

    1. We heard several throughout the day and it was a very different experience. One of the trails I wanted to snowshoe on was closed off due to the run off. I guess several years before one had fallen right onto the lake – it uprooted trees and everything in its path.

      Spring is such a wonderful time of year. It is so full of the promise of change with budding blooms and warm sun.

  2. This post reminded me of my favorite Stevie Nick’s song. “And If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills. Well maybe the landslide will bring it down” I’m so glad you and your family were able to enjoy the shifting landscape from a distance.

    This weekend I spent time cutting back ferns and other perennials to make way for the new growth. My husband never used to garden, and now he’s outside with me too. Matter of fact, this year his efforts there far surpass my own. It’s so lovely to see my computer guy enlivened by Spring. He’s even planted starts, strange pumpkins, big ones, blue ones, bumpy ones, and will transplant them to their final beds when it gets just a little warmer. This green season rarely disappoints 😉

    1. Thank you! I have not heard that song for some time but it is one of my favorites. It has away of bringing tears to my eyes.

      I look forward to the snow melting and digging in the flower beds. It is my favorite time of year. We moved into this house at the end of October and it was snowing. I am eager to inspect the back yard and try to figure out the perennials that will bloom.

      1. It is a touching song.

        We don’t get much snow where we are, but get a lot of rain so pretty much everything grows. It’s fun to figure out what plants work best in the environment, more and more I’m incorporating the natives into the garden. Even when I neglect them they are forgiving, and make me feel like a moderately successful gardener. It took me years to realize plant selection is half the battle. Good luck to you.

      2. It really is! We have such a hardy season that it can be a tough call for me at times. I usually begin planting at the end of May and hope that the final frost has moved along…

  3. I’m just hoping that your house is not in any potential path of an avalanche. That would be unsettling. Other than that, it sounds like a beautiful cosy scene. Lets hope you get to have a great holiday.

    1. I am a true Suburbanite so no avalanche on my path with the exception of laundry. It was a lovely holiday and it was nice to be nestled in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of life. I really hope we go back there this summer.

  4. I love the explosion of colors that occurs in this part of the country. Yellow, pink, white, and purple blossoms proliferate in otherwise drab and barren areas. It really is quite lovely, even if it signifies the beginning of allergy season.

  5. When we lived in Utah, I learned a little about avalanches and the teams that work to prevent them in the ski areas. Scary and so unpredictable. Powerful.

    Aside from all the beautiful blooms and leaves unfurling we have here in an NC spring, the first day I wear shorts outdoors seems like the official start of spring to me.

    Darcy– I recently saw your so kind comments on my Arcadia post– good ole Blogger had put them in “jail” for some reason! Thank you so much for the book suggestion.

    Glad you had such a nice holiday in snowshoe country!

    1. Very unpredictable. I was talking with one of the women that worked in the rental shop and she advised me that they didn’t do any blasting in the area. We were too far from anything that warranted it.

      I am always in awe of people who downhill ski in the back country during the spring. I think it takes a lot of courage because you never know what to expect…

      I look forward to shorts and open toed sandals! It’s heaven! We are suppose to get ran this afternoon and I hope it washes everything away.

      I hope you enjoy it! I have not read it in years but it did leave an impact on me.

      Thank you! It was lovely! I want go back to do some hiking this summer!

  6. Every now and then nature reminds us of her great power and all we can do is stand in awe.
    Where I am spring tends to be a bit late–there’s still snow here and there and it’s not unusual to get the scattered one even into mid-may. They don’t last long though.
    For me the sign has to be the morning birds.

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