January ended perfectly when Ryan and I went go see our friend Jo who lives just outside of Canmore. The Friday we spent catching up, drinking and snacking. Saturday, Jo took us on a 10km snowshoeing hike in Kananaskis . The drive to the climb took about an hour. I have never been one to overly appreciate the mountains. Maybe it was the playlist, maybe it was the company, but it felt amazing. The hike was a lot of uphill, more than I was prepared and I won’t deny that I wanted to quit a few times. The path was narrow and we were surrounded by trees.
Once we got to the top, the trees cleared and we were met with this view:
I hadn’t intentionally gone on this trip searching for something but as we started to climb down the hill, I found myself feeling overwhelmingly clear and connected ( if that makes any sense).
Even as I’m writing this in February , I still feel this pull to go back to the mountains sooner rather than later, solely based that moment. Now that’s something I never thought I’d say.
We spent the rest of the day in the hot tub, demolishing pizza and veggies and having awkward conversions ( and foot rubs ??) with Jo’s friend, Cam.
Sunday ( I’m creeping into February territory here ) we drove home and Chris and I went out to Pincher Creek for a Super Bowl party at a friend’s house.
I had taken Monday off thinking that I would feel tired from the weekend and instead the opposite happened. I organized and cleaned the entire house and on Tuesday when I went back to work, I felt like I had taken a week off work. Jo tells me this is just what the mountains do to you.
The last thing that happened in January was something completely unexpected. I’m not religious, I don’t pray but I do think each to their own. I do believe in the whole theory of the universe, that there is a system in place and that energy exists between us. I was delighted to experience that when I tossed it out there for assistance with a little direction within a day, I got it. Maybe it’s just the idea of hearing yourself out loud or just putting it out there. Either way..