Yoho Blow Daze, 2014

The Yoho Blow Daze was on this weekend, and is a yearly Winter celebration in Field, which is located in the Yoho National Park.  It is a real community gathering; they have ice hockey tournaments, pot luck dinner, downhill ski comp, Bocce comp (similar to petanque), human bowling, fun inside games and competitions, and even a band!

The Yoho Blow is the term for a particular storm that can come howling through the valley, with masses of snow, and winds of over 10okm an hour, and very negative temperatures.

We worked Thursday till Sunday, but only Sunday was particularly busy, with people checking out, and a fair bit of cleaning.  The other crazy job was scraping the ice off the carpark, which, honestly, I enjoyed for the first half hour, as we made progress, and it was satisfying.  All the time after that, though, I didn’t enjoy, as arms were tired, and it was cold.  It took two sessions, but we eventually got it clear.

Friday night was nibbles, and “Minute-to-win-it” games, where you had to do a certain task within a minute.  The were fun, some were hard, but everyone seemed to have a good time.  Ended with a Christmas tree bonfire.

Pasta games
Pasta games – pick up 5 pieces of penne on your spaghetti strand in your mouth, no hands!
Move the cans with the spaghetti pasta
Move the cans with the spaghetti pasta
An interesting game, requiring a banana on a string and some oranges
An interesting game, requiring a banana on a string and some oranges

 

Xmas tree bonfire
Xmas tree bonfire

 

Xmas tree bonfire
Xmas tree bonfire

 

Saturday they had Bocce tournaments, where they have a small ball, and big balls in two colours, and groups of 2 teams of four people.  I think the team to get the most balls close to the small one wins.  They played this all through the streets of town.  They had a scavenger hunt, and sculpture building for kids.

Snowy sculpture
Snowy sculpture

We took part in the relay, which was a trivia question (which Dale already knew the answer to), sawing a log, running and climbing over snowbanks in snowshoes, throwing axes, cooking eggs, and towing a sled, ending with a shot.

Sawing
Sawing
Relay - strapping on showshoes
Relay – strapping on showshoes
Relay - towing your partner
Relay – towing your partner
Relay - throwing axes
Relay – throwing axes

It was very fun, and I reckon the hardest bit was sawing the damn log. Saturday night had Willhorse, a local band, playing.  Thoroughly enjoyed it; we managed to be in town for one of the social nights in Field!

Willhorse
Willhorse

Sunday was more hockey, downhill skiing, human ten pin bowling, and then a lovely pot luck dinner.   A thoroughly enjoyable weekend, and it was cool to see the social side, and everyone in town joining in.

Hockey games
Hockey games
Icicles
Icicles
Iced house
Iced house
Downhill skiing
Downhill skiing

 

A sunny Sunday
A sunny Sunday
Sunset
Sunset

 

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