And what a wonderful weekend it was. I knew I wanted to get to the mountains this past weekend for a little rejuvenation. There’s a crazy week on the horizon, also known as the holiday visit home, so the fresh mountain air did me some good.
Bragg Creek is a quaint little place that was hit quite hard by the floods. And even though the landscape has changed, it’s remains as beautiful as ever, especially when the snow has fallen and the sun makes everything glisten. On Saturday, I headed out with a few friends to cross-country ski at West Bragg Creek. Many of us were beginners, so the goal was just to get out there and have fun. We slowly got a basic handle on the technique, and although the tracks weren’t professionally set like I’ve been used to, the conditions were amazing for skiing. I learned that I need to work on my comfort zone when tackling the hills on cross-country skis as I had several moments of panic. In due time, of course.
The next day, I was back in West Bragg to hike the Snowshoe Trail. We opted not to use snowshoes, and luckily the trail was packed down to make hiking easy. The trail was a short 5 km loop, but since I haven’t been hiking in weeks, it was the ideal distance. After both outings, we ate at the Cinnamon Spoon, which seems to be the remaining coffee shop in Bragg Creek. Unfortunately the cosy coffee place with the awesome hot chocolate closed down recently :(. Let’s hope that the businesses in the area continue to recover okay.
The weekend made me realize: there are no excuses not to get out of the city, even in the winter. (I guess inclement weather is an excuse…). I may not love the winter, but I love doing activities in the winter. Especially the ones that have me exploring the great outdoors.
Oh, and I saw a pair of moose! Just hanging out. NBD.