December 2014. Temperatures have long been dipping into the double digits below zero, the North Saskatchewan River has frozen for the second time this season, and holiday lights are bright in every pedway.

View from the pedway. Photo by Rebecca Lawton.

Our time to leave draws near, and as plans shape up for us to head south again, I hum that old Jimmy Buffett song, “Wonder Why We Ever Go Home.” From the movie little remembered but much loved, Rancho Deluxe.¬†But head south we shall. The ducks left the river here long ago. Time for us to fly to California, too.

As always, you can sign up for my sometimes-monthly e-postcard, and you’ll get news of events as I know them. We’ll go home first. Perhaps remembering why we ever go there when we arrive.