In December, our Huckleberry Jam connection came through. (Thanks David and Kim!!)
Have you ever had huckleberries? They grow in the mountains around where I grew up, in the southern interior of British Columbia. Of course, this year’s jam is extra special because we (Ron and I and the kids, Casper, and my sister Margaret) joined my brother David and his wife Kim for a picking expedition on the back of Red Mountain. This year was a bumper crop. These are my and Nicole’s ‘huckleberry hands’ and they come with matching purple lips!! In Margaret’s case, a purple butt too, since she so elegantly sat on a loaded bush
Rossland was originally a gold mining town. In the early part of the 1900’s it was a very large town with as many saloons as people (ok, maybe I’m exagerating a bit). It has an interesting history . If you ever get a chance to go to Rossland, try to see the Le Roi Mine. You can take an underground tour and learn a lot about the gold mining industry in the museum. There are still many mine shafts in the area and when we were young, the neighbourhood kids spent a lot of time exploring the hills around Rossland and a few of the mines.
The Le Roi mine and many others go under Red Mountain, which is a fabulous ski hill.
Red is right beside Granite Mountain and they are part of the same resort. A person can enjoy a lot of fine skiing on these two mountains.
I guess because Rossland in in the middle of no where its hard to get to so has never had the influx of tourists that other ski areas have. I always liked that. Quite a few well known skiiers came from that area and one of the more famous is Nancy Greene.
When the kids are older I’d like to go back for a week or two and do some skiing. We’ve gone a few times around here and they seem pretty keen. Keeping my fingers crossed!