It's time to find something to love about the day December 24! I decided a couple of weeks ago that I need to acknowledge this day in a different way than I have the past few years. There would be no more wanting to just disappear behind closed doors with curtains shut. I want to fill December 24th with love and smiles. He would want me to!
Embracing today was lovingly done in memory of my brother Ian.
December 4, 1956 - December 24, 2015
I did the Loop in a counter clockwise direction which meant the grand views would come later on.
looking down onto the Elbow Valley
He would love this view!
At the second bench I unloaded my pack and sat for a spot of tea.
The sun shone down on me and thank goodness for that.
This was a beautiful spot to sit for awhile and think about things.
view along the trail
I arrived back at the parking lot and it was still bitterly cold. From my car I could see across Route 66 to where the Elbow River is and it looked like a photographers dream over there. A few minutes later I was there. I bundled back up again and off I went with my camera. The trees were laden with snow, the river was steaming and this created such a pretty scene.
This looks like something!
I swear I see things in the snow formations!
That looks like a teddy bear on top!
Once again there is a bench in a spot with a beautiful view.
This time I passed on settling down on it.
I love being out in the mountains, I love taking photographs, I love winter and the cold and the snow. There was so much to love about this outing. Even though the Fullerton Loop is on the shorter side, I came away feeling fulfilled and happy. This is what I want my December 24ths to be like! Ian would want them to be this way for me too!
For Christmas we always received new pyjamas. On Christmas morning I would be up early and I would wake Ian so he would come down stairs with me to see what Santa Claus brought. Tomorrow I will wake early (some things never change) and I will go downstairs on my own. I will think about Ian and I will smile! I know he will be watching over me and he will be smiling wide!