Looking for adventure? The perfect experience is often closer than you think.
I used to think that escaping the daily grind meant booking a lavish getaway far away from home. But one thing (among many) that Covid has taught me is to appreciate the gems that are all around me and often overlooked.
For a time during the pandemic, leaving the province wasn’t an option, so approaching familiar sights and venues with different eyes added a new appreciation to places I had been before. So rather than going “camping” in the more popular summer months, some friends and I decided to go in January! We rented a cabin (with no power or running water and minimal cell reception) in Fundy National Park. And while hiking to our cabin was definitely an option, we decided to be a little more adventurous and rent some fat bikes* to ride into our wintery escape.
We ate good food, did some “luging” with the sled we had towed behind us on the way in and slept all cozied up with a fire roaring in the stove. An overnight snowstorm rolled in and made us feel like we slept in a soundproof dome. We arrived home well-rested, well-fed, and already planning our next adventure.
Weekend getaways like this prove that with a few good friends, a short drive from home, and minimal investment, great adventures can be had. And oftentimes, that’s all we need to shift us from our sometimes autopilot existence to a more grounded, grateful headspace.