Luxurious Living

Tall snow-covered spruce and hemlock tower over me. The cool breeze blows stray stands of hair against my damp neck. My body is enveloped in the most gloriously hot salt water with only my toes peeking out of the bubbling pool. Is this real life!? I close my eyes and my brain drifts into silence.

Blake, Henry and I have landed in the lap of luxury and does it ever feel amazing!

When we first became pregnant, discussions about how and where we might spend my maternity leave quickly led to dreams about living in Blake’s most favoured place on Earth, Revelstoke, B.C. Although to our friends and family, driving across the country with a two-month old baby to live in a tiny mountain town seemed ludicrous and potentially disastrous, to us, having never been parents, going on yet another adventure seemed like the obvious thing to do. Well-intentioned friends and family encouraged us to think twice about our plans and during one of our sunny afternoon sails on Abram Lake way back in August, I waffled. Was it crazy of us to do this? Shouldn’t we just stay home like normal people? But, the plan stuck and months later, we have finally arrived in paradise.

The view from our condo window

Downtown Revelstoke

Home to about 5,000 people, the blue-collared town, with it’s smattering of high-end gear-sporting ski tourists is nestled along the Columbia river walled by the magnificent, jagged-peaked Selkirk mountains. The town itself boasts a vibrant downtown filled with shops and restaurants, however, the big draw for Blake and for many others who have flocked here, are the mountains. Four seasons of continuous outdoor activities are the reason most North Face/Arcteryx/Spider-wearing outdoor enthusiasts live here.

Anxious to dip his new skis in the fluffy powder, Blake arranged for us to rent his friend’s ski condo right on Mount Mackenzie at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. After a sweaty and uncomfortable four-and-a-half hour plane ride for Henry and I and an equally gruelling five-day drive for Blake and Ada, we were all reunited in Calgary before pressing on through the mountains to Revelstoke.

Visiting with our friend Molly in Calgary

Revelsoke Mountain Resort

Our condo in Revy

Dad’s rocker

Catching up on Revy news

Family photo at the nightly wine & cheese

Blake and Henry enjoying the wine and fire. Ah! So cozy!

Chilling out

We have only been here for five days, but I truly already feel as if I have just scrubbed a layer of anxiety and fatigue off my skin. I don’t know how to explain it, but the mountains do that to you.

Since our arrival, Henry has been moved into a separate room which has done wonders for all of our night’s sleep. The fresh mountain air might also have something to do with it 🙂 While Blake has been out re-exploring his old stomping ground and has been breaking his skis in, Henry, Ada and I have been equally busy with outdoor activities.

Snowshoeing with Henry

Ada loving life in the mountains

First time in the chariot

We have been out for long walks, we snowshoed (partially) up Revelstoke Mountain and today we spent a glorious afternoon bombing around on cross-country skis at the McPherson Nordic Centre.

Tearing down the hills of the nordic trails, with Ada leading the charge followed by Blake and then Henry and I bringing up the rear, I couldn’t help but feeling incredibly happy and infinitely grateful that we were able to enjoy the outdoors in such a beautiful place.

We finished off the day with a complimentary wine and cheese at the hotel, dinner and more wine by the fire.

In short – Revy is an amazing place! Come visit!

Ada giving Henry some love

Haha french kiss!

First time in the Jolly Jumper (thanks Kim & Christian!) 
Henry at Blake’s birthday at the Rockford restaurant at the resort

Henry, Jade & Blake out for dinner

Henry getting a bit tired… haha 

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