Fernie in fall

Reflections on this season last year

Seasons change, and we’re still growing

I can’t believe how far we’ve come.

I know that most of us reflect at the end of each year, but there’s something about these last 90(ish) days feeling a bit like a race that makes me want to rest and reflect. Entering the holiday season probably has something to do with it to. After Thanksgiving, it feels like there’s no time left before Christmas.

So here we are, observing the change.

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We spent last Thanksgiving in Fernie, British Columbia. Just the three of us (me, my fiancé, and our pup), wandering between the trees. We treated ourselves to dinner and live music and soaked in the mountain views. Off-season mountain vacations are my favourite because these sleepy towns are extra quiet before the snow falls each winter.

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The details of Thanksgiving in Fernie

We stayed at the Red Tree Lodge. It was cozy and casual—sort of like a low-key chalet style with a big kitchen to warm up in after a day on the hill. We tasted a flight at Fernie Brewing Co., which I’ve ranked pretty high on my list! We explored Island Lake Lodge during the day and daydreamed about our return visit to Fernie Alpine Resort planned for the winter. We ended the night with dinner and music at The Northern Bar + Stage. Before heading home, we stopped at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. It was a neat experience, but sort of sad when you learn the story behind the space.

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If I had to pick favourites, fall would be it. I love when the trees look like they're burning up—just like stars before they explode. Their leaves are stardust sprinkled on the ground waiting to sleep for a few weeks. It's not even a little bit sad because I know something new will grow after we rest and the show they're putting on for us now feels like it's never going to end anyways.

I think the whole world feels extra cozy this time of year. We always have fun on our adventures, but there’s something so sweet about a full room on holidays. Hot coffee, comfy plaid, red wines, and warm houses filled with family and friends. That full room is exactly what was missing.

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This Thanksgiving was so much different

We spent the long weekend surrounded by family, bellies full of delicious food and deep laughs. My heart feels pretty damn full too now.

Seasons change, but we’re still growing. With each passing day we’re moving forward—even on the days that it doesn’t feel like we’re going very far, we are.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that family is everything. I’m lucky enough to have found a person who felt like family even when we lived far away. It’s fun to look back on the photos from our time in the Wild West, but it’s more fun to spend holidays at home. I think we’re exactly where we need to be.

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In the spirit of spreading the love, leave a comment below of something you’re thankful for. Even if it’s not Thanksgiving where you are, I think pausing to feel grateful is something we could all do a little more of.

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