It is quite reasonable to say that I have spent enough time in quarantine the last few months nursing this baby – yes my website! – as in to wanting to make it beautiful and appealing that I have built an internal joyous excitement for an official public launch on March 1 after finally getting all paperwork needed!
I will be honest though, I nowadays get rarely too excited – as in to jumping up and down in excitement – as it seems when I do, my planned projects or ideas seem to go haywire.. how strange! Now please do not think I am a doomed pessimistic, in the opposite, I seem to always see or find a positive outlook or solution but true enough, life seem to have taught me to temper the times when I am really excited.
March 9, after working on a few more background details, I finally made an official launch statement on my Instagram and Facebook pages with, as background noise on all media channels, the news of COVID-19 spreading worldwide. I had gotten used to hear about it but the seriousness of it really hit hard when I saw Italy’s death toll as Milan is only 3 hrs drive from the french part of Switzerland where I come from and a mere 1-1.5 hr drive from where I have dear friends.
I will conclude this post by saying this: my planned projects or ideas have not always happened as/when I had planned them – in my mind at least – and the “de-routing” or “re-routing” life has let happen has often been a “blessing in disguise” as the expression says. Had I launched earlier this year, I would now be dealing with cancellations of guests bookings, lodging booking etc.. but as of today, I am back on the starting blocks with time to perfect the summer/fall trips as well as next year’s.
So yes stay healthy, follow authorities’ recommendations and I will be in touch so we get to go on trips here in Canada or abroad as soon as the clouds lift ok!?
What a week, I almost forgot to mention the late February trip I guided with my ACMG colleague Peter in Kananaskis! The first day of the trip was scheduled for us to meet the students from the UofC Schulich School of Engineering at university and brief them on how to be prepared for a winter trip plus fill any remaining paper work. Later that morning we gathered in the Outdoor Centre rental area to give everyone backpacks, sleeping bags, bivi-bags, thermarests, stoves & fuel, pots & pans, shovels, snow-shoes etc.. the food was for them to decide what they wanted to cook with their snow-shelter partners. 1st team building effort right here! 🙂
In the morning, we fitted a big van with our 10 big packs, snow-shoes and people plus a few extra items and Peter – who was our main guide as well as chauffeur – drove us safely to Kananaskis. The previous day that area had seen temperatures in the -23oC range but the morning we arrived gifted us with -11oC only with the sun shining and a cloudless sky! After Peter had everyone briefed about the snow-shoes, we set off for a small trek to an area where we would set camp.
I had a dream.. it was warm and sunny and I was outdoor on a bike, cycling away with a light breeze running through my hair. I was with a few friends discovering an unknown country where the sun shines all year round.. a country I had always wanted to visit and maybe even secretly wished I could live in!
Pedaling seemed easy as this time it was not about trying to surpass myself and train for a specific goal but rather to get a fun and flowing experience along dirt trails and easy pathways. I just had to follow the scenery unrolling under my bike’s wheels and this made me feel so light and free that I didn’t want my ride nor my dream to end..
Ever heard the saying “dreams come from a busy mind”? and busy and flooded with information are our minds nowadays! So what about listening to my mind trying to tell me what I truly aspire for? Too often my head gets in the way and pushes me to “get somewhere” but my mind is calling for a fun flowing ride to set this body and mind of mine free from all man-made bondage. Am I listening? Will I act upon it? time only and daily life choices will tell..
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”– George Bernard Shaw
“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”– Douglas H. Everett
Hard to believe we are already January 2020! I am a tad late posting wishes for the new year and my excuse is.. this baby, yes this website! Looking back, December saw me on the steep learning curve of website building with a lot of trials and errors but my dream now seem to slowly come to life.
On the business aspect of things, I am in touch with many who play a part of Nat’s Adventure Travels’ imminent launch, itineraries are being drafted, posted and translated. Excitement for 2020 and all upcoming adventures offered is truly building and I hope to get sharing with everyone wanting to spend an active vacation very soon so stay tuned!
By now, it’s been winter for a while already here in Alberta. I had the privilege of doing a road trip south with Gerry my husband until early November where I enjoyed every minute of every time I could soak in the heat of the warm southern sun.. we were reading reports of people ice climbing and skiing in October – yikes! – and I knew very well, I was going to be lacking Vitamin D soon and for a while.
The first week back home I was in denial winter was here until I had to put my big girl’s pants on (figuratively and literally!) to get out in the cold and shovel the house pathways. A few days later, Gerry and I went for a trip in the close-by mountains and walking in fluffy white snow and seeing the soft pillows on every shrub and tree shining in the sun got me reconciled with winter and I realized that I actually love this season! There is so much magic to it and so many outdoor activities one can do, once one has figured out the layers needed for the activity chosen! I feel for people complaining about winter and hope they will try to get outdoor and enjoy some activities that will help them embrace this season!