Altitude Adjustment


Our family took a mini trip to a rented house in a quaint little mountain town known for its apple cider and apple pie. On the drive, as we got farther and farther from our city by the sea (and sea level), Husband warned the kids of several possibilities, due to the altitude:

Their ears might start to hurt, due to the altitude.

The air is thinner, so it might be harder to breathe, due to the altitude.

It’s much colder, due to the altitude.

These possible side effects were mentioned several times… due to the altitude.

At the house, one daughter said the water tasted different, “maybe due to the altitude.” (I suggested it was probably just the different fridge.)

As another daughter climbed into bed with socks on, I was shocked to see how filthy the bottom of her feet were.

She said, “They must have gotten dirtier here, due to the altitude.”


Double rainbow on our drive up. I was amazed by how much lighter the sky was below the bottom rainbow.


Interior of the cabin. Isn’t it lovely?

I woke up in the middle of the night and looked out the window to a full moon shining on a fresh layer of snow. It was beautiful. In the morning there was enough snow to sled on, have a snowball fight, and make miniature snowmen before it melted. To think we were at the beach just a couple of weeks ago.


Bunny tracks across the porch.


Snow-capped morning

Happy New Year to you all!

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  1. “Because of the altitude” is the new “the dog ate my homework.” I can get on board with this, especially since I live at a 3,500-foot higher altitude than I did before moving.

    Happy New Year to you and your family! If this comment disappears, I know…

    It’s because of the altitude.

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    • Wasn’t that amazing?? Since that was on our way up the mountain, where we were slightly nervous about ice on the road, we saw the rainbow as a good sign. My husband said, “Well, at least we know we won’t die in a flood.” πŸ˜›

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    • It was good for them to experience some cold. We live in a very mild climate, though my husband and I grew up in a cold climate. We feel our kids don’t fully appreciate how good they have it here with this Southern California weather.


  2. I am delayed in my reading, Betsy, yet I do not want to miss out on my favourite blogs. Apple pie and apple cider…..what is not to like? Very funny about the β€œaltitude.” This area is idyllic, gorgeous and a great get away. Happy New Year and I look forward to connecting and sharing in 2021.πŸ™‚

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    • I’ll tell you what’s not to like: nearly $16 for an apple pie! Thankfully, I didn’t find that out until after we were home. I blindly let my husband buy one, because it seemed the thing to do there.
      It was a good pie, though. Not extraordinary, but still very good. πŸ™‚

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      • Apple wineries? Is that a thing? I suppose if a fabulous apple cider area has to be converted to something else, a winery really is the best option. I was all prepared to be affronted by what ever evil industry you were about to tell me moved in, but then I thought, “Oh, well that’s not too bad.”

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      • I have not heard about an apple winery…maybe? Okanagan has 120+ wineries (per google just now). It is a fun area to vacation with families………even parents enjoy their vacation…..πŸ™‚

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    • Haha! Yes, the altitude definitely helped with the view, in this case. And I know that I have yet to get to your latest post. It’s still swimming in my overflowing inbox, but I won’t let it slide out over the edge! Promise! πŸ™‚ And HNY to you as well!

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