This week started a new chapter in my life – the chapter shall be called – “Am I crazy?” I escaped the premature snowmageddon predictions in NYC this week and flew out right after I finished my New York Time Travel Show talk on Solo Travel (were you there in the standing room only audience?!). I landed in a strangely warm Alberta Canada, got intensely questioned by immigration, picked up my car, and drove to the Canadian Rockies – my new home for a month. There’s nothing more lovely than leaving Calgary and driving the short 60 minutes to the Rockies – the mountains in the distance getting closer and closer with every mile…errr…kilometer.
I’m staying in the adorable little town of Canmore for the month in a 2 bedroom apartment at the Grande Rockies Resort. I arrived and promptly opened the patio door and stared at my mountain view – and enjoyed the spring like temps. I’ve been settling in this week, getting to know the town as well as unpacking. I think I could write a whole novel on the Joy of Unpacking. For the first time in a LONG time I unpacked my entire toiletry bag and suitcase. I slowly hung each piece of clothes up on hangers trying to make the giddy unpacking feeling last all that much longer – I wanted to savor it. I went to the grocery store and stocked my kitchen and then promptly burned my bagels nearly setting off the fire alarms. Hmmmm – maybe this is why I shouldn’t have a home…I’m really out of practice. Regardless, I’m nicely settled in now and I’m not going anywhere for 30 days. It feels marvelous!
And now to the “Am I Crazy?” part – I’m taking this month to do a bunch of winter Canmore activities (and Banff as well) that I’ve never done before. That’s right – this 44 year old is hell bent to try things for the first time. I kinda doubt this is a smart thing to do to my body as it doesn’t really recover as it used to…but I’m going to try – that’s all any of us can do. I started out this week with my first new Canmore activity – Cross Country Skiing (watch the video here!). All I can say is that my whole body hurts the day after and that leads me to my next ‘first’ activity – hot yoga. I’ll report on that next week!
Instagram will probably be on overload this month with new activities and that’s just how I like it…
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My first adventure in trying new things – cross country skiing @CanmoreNordicPP – Olympic training grounds in Alberta. After my first 1 hr lesson with Peter he thinks that I'm ready for this beginner trail all by myself. Never mind that I fell on my butt 4 times in that first hr of lessons. Here I go! #SeeSnowDifferently
What is Week In-Stagram Review?
Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.
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Disclosure: I am a guest of Travel Alberta during my stay in Canmore, however all opinions are my own!
By Wynne January 30, 2015 - 11:13 am
What a beautiful place – and a marvelous view! So glad you have your hangers. As a lover of winter myself, the activities sound wonderful! I would love to try cross-country skiing. And I can only assume some snowmobiling is on the list!
By Mary @ Green Global Travel February 2, 2015 - 6:16 pm
Looks like you’re all set to have some pretty incredible experiences in Canmore! Have a blast!
By Turtle February 3, 2015 - 5:23 am
Wow – Canmore looks beautiful. I’m so jealous that you’re going to be there for a whole month. Good luck with all the outdoor activities. Your bones will get used to it soon enough 🙂
By Sherry February 3, 2015 - 11:52 am
Hey Michael – I know…a whole month…I”m giddy! It may just spoil me for the rest of the year!