Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve popped in to say hello because Mikey and I were away celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in the back country of Little Yoho Valley. So, let me start by wishing you all a belated Merry Christmas! I hope that your last few days have been filled with family and friends, relaxing and eating good food that doesn’t come around too often and also peace as we remember those not with us at this time of year.
I have so much to share but don’t have all the pictures from our family Christmas time (they’re on my in-laws’ camera), so here’s a quick bullet-point recap of the last few days plus a little something special at the end:
- Took off from work Wednesday the 19th with two extra bags of something special – I unexpectedly won the wine draw! I greeted Mikey at the car, ready for the 2.5 hr drive to the trail head, with 10 bottles of wine! He laughed pretty hard and we took off for the mountains, car loaded and full of anticipation.
- We arrived at the Great Divide Lodge around 10 pm (after an essential stop on the way) and brought our gear inside, quickly laying things out and hitting the hay for our 5 am wake up.
- Our goal? To make it to the Stanley Mitchell Hut in one day! (The actual result? Well, we didn’t make it in one day. Let’s just say we broke trail through knee-deep snow and getting about 14 km took us 8 hours…We were exhausted from the sustained effort, disheartened at knowing we wouldn’t make it and ready to stop for the day – but I’ll let the video below tell the rest of the story!)
- We made it out – all 25 km in just under 7 hrs battling some of the most bitter cold and harshest winds I’ve ever experienced – and it was an absolutely epic trip!
- We drove home, showered up and made it to the Christmas Eve service at church with Mikey’s parents by 7 pm! After that it was a late dinner at his parents’ place with a family friend, Betsy, and good time together before our friend Jon arrived around 11 pm from Edmonton. All in all, the last few days were filled with good conversations, sleep-in mornings, great (read: unhealthy but delicious!) food and not much movement – just what we needed after such an intense trip! A big thanks to my in-laws for their generosity, great cooking, encouraging words and support and for a wonderful Christmas! …more on that (mainly in pictures) to come!
I hope you’re all continuing to enjoy a slower paced few days…if you’re feeling anything like me, you’re ready to get back on the clean eating train and get some good workouts in! I’ve taken the last few days off because we worked HARD in the back country for those turns…but now it’s time to hit it again! My friend posted this video on his Facebook wall and it motivated me to brave the cold for a run tomorrow morning – so I’ll leave you with this bit of inspiration.
Catch you guys later! until then, live well & be well!