Do More of the Things You Enjoy

Ski to a Winter Cabin With Me in Fundy National Park.

This past weekend, I was able to go on a trip I had been planning for awhile. Fundy National Park, located in Alma, New Brunswick, is a hidden treasure on the east coast of Canada. I have spent many summers there, exploring the 100+ km of hiking trails, paddleboarding in Bennett Lake, and sitting by a campfire, but my latest adventure was probably my favourite.

I had been eyeing one of their rustic cabins, which I found out about this year when looking for some weekend fun. Winter. Cabin. Cross country skiing. The weekend. It all sounded good to me, so I geared up and made the short drive to the park.

After picking up my key, I made my way to Chignecto South where I waxed my skis, put my backpack on, and headed towards the trailhead.

My destination was a few kilometres south-west. I was headed to McKinley Cabin, which seemed further away than I wanted it to be in the -20°C February afternoon with fading daylight, but I had been planning this adventure for awhile, so I started up the hill.

Unlike past adventures, I chose to do this one solo. I wanted to escape. I had not taken a pause from the busyness of life, so this was new for me, but I was excited for the opportunity.

The trail was beautiful. We have had three very large snowfalls in the past few weeks, so the trees were covered in white-fluffy snow and the track was clean. I stopped every-so-often to set my tripod up and record some video clips for a video I uploaded to my YouTube channel which I had a lot of fun doing and eventually came around a corner to seeing the cabin sitting in the snow drifts at the top of a small hill.

Climbing onto the deck, I shovelled the snow away, as it looked like I had been the only visitor for awhile and cleaned the wax and ice off of my skis.

I unlocked the door and started unpacking my stuff changing into dry clothes, setting my sleeping bag up, and doing my best to get a warm hot chocolate into me as quickly as possible. While I waited for the water to boil, I made a fire in the wood stove and waited for my breath to disappear. Eventually it did and I was warm again.

While falling asleep I laid there listening to the logs on the fire crackling and before I knew it, I woke up to the bright sun shining in through the windows the next morning.

Over breakfast I thought of why I wanted to escape to this cabin in the middle of winter. Something many people questioned once they heard about my adventure, but it was something I did not hesitate to answer when asked.

It was not an escape. It was not punishment. It was simply because I am prioritizing to do things that bring me life.

Being in nature is one of those things that does exactly that for me, and skiing to this cabin in Fundy National Park was everything I wanted. It gave me time to sweat. It gave me time to think. And more importantly, it gave me time to focus on living. It can be so easy to go through the motions of life and lose track of where you are and what you are doing. This was my reset and I hope it can be the encouragement you need to do the same.

Leaving the cabin, I hit a smooth downhill that seemed to never end. It felt like I was floating down the track expecting to run into a moose along the way. In the end, I never did, but I definitely enjoyed the descent!

Arriving back at the trailhead, this adventure was complete. But it inspired many more, which I excited to share with you soon. Make sure to follow along on the Greatness Every Day YouTube channel to watch the video of my trip.



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