Winter magic!

My hubby and I finally hauled our ice skates out of the closet yesterday and headed over to the Olympic Oval, the speed skating venue built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, held here in Calgary.  The Oval opens up to the public for skating on the ice track nearly every day from August through March or April.  If you live here (or are visiting) and have never skated at the Oval, definitely don’t pass up the opportunity – the ice is like no other surface you’ve ever skated on.  It’s pristine, smooth as glass and hard as diamond, far superior than any ice in any hockey rink or outdoor pond.  I love skating at the Oval, even if the three year old children toddling along on their bobskates around me can stay on their feet better than I can!  🙂

After a few runs around the track, we headed out onto the grounds of the University of Calgary campus, where the Oval is located.  I am an alumna of the University and while I attended classes there, I always loved walking along the heavily-treed pathways – it’s really one of the most beautiful spots in the city.   Over the years, groundskeepers have been carefully planting and cultivating a huge range of different types of trees and shrubs, so you’ll find abundant diversity on the grounds.  With the soft, powdery snow that fell overnight, the landscape was pure winter magic!

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This is my 150th post on Flowery Prose – I am so grateful to all of you for reading and commenting!  I am having such fun writing!  🙂