Hail Brave Hearts
In our time of isolation and loneliness, the great adventure alludes us. Where will our dreams take us on our earthly mission of journey and exploration. Hail Brave Hearts, the adventure is here.
We seek the joy of holidays and vacation time, the sun and sand, the culture and cuisine, the history and the marvels of modern man. We journey frequently to lands abroad, to seek the fulfillment of international travel. We find enormous pleasure in speaking other languages, engaging in their conversation, frolicking in the fun of their tourist attractions. We miss this immensely. Cancelled flights, cancelled holidays, cancelled time away from all of the stress and routine. Time for a change. Time to break free of it all and escape to the holiday dream world of other lands. We saved for this, planned for this. This is our refuge and our right. For those of us with home ownership in foreign lands, this pandemic is an outrageous atrocity, forcibly confining us to our homeland.
Here at home we stay. Here at home we play!
As usual, the welcome winter spreads her cloak of magnificent snow all around the ground. As usual, we pull on our best winter attire and most fun sporting gear and head for the great outdoors. The winter has been mild and magnificent. So much snow! So many ice rinks and lakes to skate on, so many back country trails to glide along, so many downhill ski resorts to ski on, so much hockey to play.
The winter birds chirp and cheer us along as we smoothly sail through the forest. The wildlife stare. Our frustration with our confinement and solitude evaporates into the warm sunshine. Fresh air and snow, warm winter breezes, sunscreen and winter fun. Life is good. It can’t get any better than this. A back country ski lodge at the end of pleasant winter’s ski day. Canadian gourmet to rave about. Excellent snow conditions, fabulous scenery, family, friends, companions. The twinkling starry night in the heavens above. This is what Canada offers. It’s thrilling! So much so, that this kind of wilderness experience is sought after by many. It’s a unique privilege, to cast your worries away and venture into a remote location, accessed by only those few who know about it. One of those secrets that keep us healthy and happy and searching for more. This kind of holiday is as good as it gets. Canadian culture at it’s finest.
Now we head home, for more opportunity, leisure and fun. Our sporting days in the great Canadian wild are never over. We will never be done. Just one more day, in this fabulous vacation land, to ski our day away.
Yet another perfect day. The snow is soft and the ski runs are long. The scenery is the majestic Rocky Mountains. The views are incredible. Due to pandemic bliss, the ski hill is full of people, but not as busy as it would otherwise be. The lift lines are short. There’s seating in the chalet. There’s room at the Inn.
Spending our time and money in our homeland, has been a good business practise for us. Help stimulate the economy, keep your neighbors employed, enjoy the adventure of your own country. It’s been a pleasure. So much so, that I wonder if we’ll miss these no fuss days, without a line up anywhere, no traffic on the highway, endless vacant trails. ,The bliss of having it all to ourselves. This too shall end.
Hurray for the vaccine!
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
March 17, 2021