Truth be told, my husband and I long to live somewhere we could ski from our back door. Sure, there are plenty of benefits to living in the “Valley of the Warm Winds” (which means there is seldom snow at our home, but easy access to it, and we don’t have to worry about plowing snow and all that goes along with that!) But, oh the joy it would be to NOT have to pack the car with all our skis, gear, snacks and kids every few days to get to snow. Someday….maybe….
As we recently skied at the closest (20 miles away) backcountry trails, we had all sorts of great ideas about starting a ski team, getting permission to do some grooming (anything would be nice!) and at least clearing out some of the fallen trees. We notice the trail imperfections especially as we pull the Chariot since it seems to find all sticks, branches, and rocks to bounce off. We dream of groomed trails that accommodate skate skiing AND don’t require breaking our own trail.
And yet, we were realizing that we were completely caught in the grass-is-greener mentality. We forget about the beauty of not having to share the trail with hundreds of other skiers. We don’t think about how most nicely-groomed trails don’t allow dogs (thanks to the ones that choose to poo right in the middle of the trail.)
Really in anything in our lives it is easy to get caught up in the “if only”s. If only we could ski there. If only we had better wax. If only we had better gear. If only the weather/trails/snow were better. If only we had a different ski trailer. If only we made more money. If only we had that perfect job. Etc. Etc. You get the idea….
And so as we near the beginning of 2012, we vow here to enjoy what we have. To live in the moment. To not stress about the small things. It stop and have a snack, nurse an infant or sing a song/do a dance to warm up a little. And to be happy to ski where there is snow!
Any adventure-oriented New Years resolutions? Please do share!