“Pursue epic-ness. That is all!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
So the polar vortex happened!
And rather than hiding from it, I embraced it! I was out there, literally!
I didn’t have any events scheduled for the week, and so I headed up to the chalet to get into the polar vortex. I think my family thought I was nuts.
But you know what? It was *awesome!* Why? Because it led to the serendipitous chance to try out a new activity that I had dabbled in before, but never really got into. Snowshoeing!
I’ve never really snowshoed before — I’ve done small treks back and forth to the ski club, but those have been short in rather light snow. We’re in snowsquall country here, and so we had some pretty awesome snow.
I went out to hike my regular trail – the Loree Forest – the first day – and realized in just 10 feet that boots wouldn’t cut it. So I went back to the chalet and grabbed my snowshoes.
And I must say, well, it was epic! The whole experience was simply wonderful, and also pretty challenging from a cardio perspective, considering the size of the some of the drifts I had to navigate.
Here’s the thing: with the vortex, I could have sat about and grumbled and complained about the cold, spending several days in a funk. Not a chance!
And I learned that layering really does work. I had 3 layers up top with a jacket, and 3 down below. I had heating pads in my boots and my gloves, and ski goggles and a ski mask on my face.
I had to laugh when I came across a sign on the trail warning of poison ivy. I don’t have a clue where it might have found any exposed skin. There was none.
I think snowshoeing is my new favourite thing!
It’s a great work-out, with lots of cardio. Lots of challenges as you discover a massive snowdrift and try to figure out the best way to try to navigate it. And a surreal beauty in the forest as the snow comes pounding down.
I always try to make optimism a part of every day, and sometimes, it comes from doing things you haven’t done before.
So today – pursue some epic-ness! Make the most of every day!