Look what happened on Sunday!
Sam met Lauren. Yay! I knew they’d hit it off: Not only did they both travel west on solo missions, they’re Ontarians (is that the right word?) and went the to the same university. EVERYONE in the Rockies is either from Ontario, Australia or the Philippines. There’s a handful of other countries mixed in there too, but I’d say that’s the majority. When meeting new people, conversations usually begin with, “Where are you from?” (It seems as though I’m the only Albertan, ha!)
I was eating a sandwich at work the other day when I stopped, looked around, began listening to my colleagues and realized I’m no longer phased by hearing multiple conversations occurring in a variety of languages. It’s such a cool experience.
Back to our friend date. We fuelled up at Communitea before heading out to do a bit of Christmas shopping and walking. It was nice to reminisce over the summer Lauren and I shared – I sure miss those days!
Lauren: “I loved how we were always planning our next adventure. It was so cool to wake up in the morning and say, what should we do today? Go to Banff? Hike? Hang out at the lake?”
It was an incredible summer, indeed. The best summer of my life.
Look at all of those rainbow plant colours! And my latte! Since cutting way back on coffee, I’ve been on an unsweetened almond milk matcha green tea latte kick. What a douche-y mouthful. I hate that so many words were required to describe it.
I really need to pick up some matcha so I can start making my own lattes. At $5 a pop, this is not financially sustainable.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon walking and chatting about life: everything from who we used to be, things we’re afraid of, where we’re headed, etc. We tried to describe the effect the mountains have on people. It’s hard to put the experience into words unless you’ve lived here. Lauren once said to me, “No matter what happens, as least you have the mountains. They have your back.” It’s something I remind myself of when faced with a challenging situation or emotions. The Rockies allow me to feel EVERYTHING: secure, supported, calm, powerful, driven, free, loved, curious, excited…they’re awakening all sorts of things inside me.
In other news, my weekend travels took me to Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park. It was my first time visiting the canyon and I LOVED it! It’s one of the most popular attractions in Banff and I can see why.
Round trip, the walk to the upper waterfalls took us about an hour. The great thing about visiting in the winter is there’s a lot less people to navigate around and even with the snow, it’s a nice, easy, relaxing walk for all ages and fitness levels.
We witnessed climbers getting ready to scale the frozen waterfalls. It reminded me that I forgot to add ice climbing to my winter bucket list. For some reason, rock climbing scares me, but ice climbing doesn’t. Maybe it’s because the idea of tossing a pick into a frozen waterfall excites me. Although, the thought of me in possession with an ice pick is slightly terrifying. I’m sure there is already a law against it.
Around Halloween, I had to carve a pumpkin at work and my boss said, “I heard you’re in possession of a knife. So I’m leaving. Let me know when you’re done and I’ll come back”
There was a lot of uncertainty and legitimate concerns at the time. ‘Is Joanna going to accidentally injure or kill herself?” “Is she a threat to the people around her?” “Is she an overall threat to society?” “Is this a good idea?” Yes, yes, yes and no.
What was the best part of your weekend?
Have you ever gone rock or ice climbing? Would you?