While the teenagers in the house were still sleeping this morning, my husband and I decided to sneak out of the house for some time to ourselves. We began the year with a quiet hike around Pretty Colour Lakes. It's been unseasonably warm, ridiculously warm really, and we didn't even need mittens as we walked the trails. The lakes aren't frozen yet, and the trails, normally filled with cross-country skiers this time of year, were muddy. We took advantage of the warmth to find a bench in the sun where we could sit and talk about the year that has just passed and our hopes for the year to come.