Happy Holidays to all my blog readers aground the world! Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah (I grew up celebrating both) or another holiday now is the time to take a break and spend some time with family and friends. For Daina and I the end of December means heading to the snow for a little R&R, lots of cooking, and our favorite sport – Skiing.
This year we decided to head to Canada to really make sure to get a lot of snow, and I’m happy to say, we placed the right bet. We’re starting our trip in British Columbia where and then heading to Banff for a skiing adventure. Here’s the view from our new home away from home deep in the woods in the Canadian Rockies.
Getting here was no small task, it all started at 6am in Austin. We flew from Austin to LA, then from LA to Calgary where we rented an SUV (yes, four wheel drive is a must where we are) and headed onto the Trans-Canada Highway. We didn’t get on the road until about 9PM and it was snowing which led to what I have to say is one of the most harrowing four hour drives of my life. At that time of night it was nothing but us and the 18-wheelers who all seemed to be ignoring the speed limit even though we were in almost white-out conditions with icy roads.
Luckily we survived the drive and made it to our destination. Since we’ve been here we have been cooking up a storm, warming up in the hot tub (and sauna!) and today went on an absolutely breathtaking snowshoeing adventure, here’s a few photos from today’s adventure:
Today I also realized that this is my 9th year writing a post during the holidays on MorganLinton.com, I still can’t believe I’ve been blogging for nine years!
Tomorrow we’ll be driving to Lake Louise which from the pictures looks like one of the most beautiful places on the planet. After that we’re onto Banff for a week of skiing. I’ve been told that Banff has amazing skiing so I’m really looking forward to checking it out. Of course, not surprisingly I’ve also been told it’s incredibly cold so I’m also looking forward to seeing how my cold weather gear holds up.
This is my first trip traveling with my new 360 cam and I’ve been taking both photos and videos that soon all of you with VR gear will be able to enjoy in Virtual Reality! If you’ve ever wanted to snowshoe in the Canadian Rockies you’ll get your chance once I get back and get everything uploaded.
Here’s one of the VR shots I was staging this afternoon:
I’ve been pretty impressed with the 360 cam but it’s still pretty new so I’m crossing my fingers all the footage I’m taking here will come out okay. My goal is to be able to bring other people along for my adventures in VR.
Okay, well the fire is going, we’re all relaxed after a nice hot tub, and it’s time to watch a movie, White Christmas with Bing Crosby to be specific! I hope you’re all having a great time and getting a chance to relax and unwind. Thanks for reading and for those of you who have joined me for nine years, here’s to the next 9!