My friend and I had postponed our hike several times over the past months — too hot (unseasonably so for Alberta), too smokey (from the fires that burned all summer in BC) and most recently because of grizzlies that have been killing livestock.

So before winter closed in we opted to hike Snake Hill. Not nearly as challenging or picturesque as our original plans but definitely safer until the bears den up.

It was a cold, windy, overcast day. As we rounded a bend in the trail we were startled to see someone else on the path. Or so we thought.

A hiker with a dose of humour had travelled this way after the recent snowfall. It’s not quite a real snowman. More of an in-between-the-seasons kind of guy.

Thanks to the person who filled our morning with laughter.

Snow guy   Nix humanus