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Snow and magic and taking things for granted

We've had a lot of winter this year and I'm loving it!  That's not to say I'm not ready for spring - most of me is.  But when I wake up to snow covered trees, ski through sun-sparkled snow or watch my kids make snow angels across a snowy field I feel pretty lucky.  I feel lucky to live in a place that transforms so magically every year and provides us with a whole new enchanting playground.  On mornings like this one, after inches of freshly fallen snow, I love how this winter is stretching on endlessly.  Earlier this week, Lenka, her sister and I and all of our kids visited a maple sugar shack at an old homestead built in the 1870s.  As we explored the homestead, we shivered at the idea of seemingly endless winter in a time without all of the conveniences that we now have and I don't just mean indoor plumbing and central heating!  We looked at our snowpants and boots - so lightweight but still warm and dry on a rather wet winter morning.  150 years ago things would have been so much heavier and wetter and would have taken hours by the fire to dry.  It is wondrous how humans have innovated so effectively!  Not quite the magic of snow but still wondrous.  But we often take the magic and the wonder for granted.  These innovations do come at a cost to the wild and wonderful.  Some manufacturers of outdoor clothing & gear are considering their footprints on the earth and working to reduce the adverse social and environmental impacts.  Just like us, many of these companies are driven by a love for the outdoors, for the wild and magic of the earth we live on.    

Tell us what you think humans can do to encourage sustainable practice at consumer and industrial levels.


"No longer can we assume the Earth's resources are limitless; that there are ranges of unclimbed peaks extending endlessly beyond the horizon.  Mountains are finite, and despite their massive appearance, they are fragile."  - Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia's founder