Well yesterday was daylight savings and man did it mess me up. Still don’t quite know why we keep doing this but the one plus is how nice and light it is in the evenings right? Next time it happens though I will make sure I am not out in Vancouver. I’m really bad at sleeping in hotels or other places that aren’t my own bed so that plus being out later then usual and the time change, I managed to get a whopping 5 1/2 hours of sleep on Saturday night. I don’t know how I survived Sunday but I do know I was in bed at 9pm last night with lights out at 9.25pm. I regret nothing. Even though I was hellishly tired yesterday it was all worth it because we had such a fun weekend in Vancouver! I’ll share lots of photos on Social Media and write a blog post about it soon but for now let’s just say we managed to fit in loads in a mere 24 hours,. The perfect belated birthday weekend! ( months later, oops!)
After finally getting over my winter cold after our trip to Europe we ventured up the island for a weekend on Mt. Washington that Dave had booked with a bunch of our friends. We had a small condo that usually fits 6-8 comfortably but we made it work with 11 of us, somehow! Let’s just say there were a lot of people sleeping on the floor. We arrived late Friday evening and had dinner before some of us snuck off to bed early (me!) Fridays are hard for me after working two morning shifts at the bakery I am usually a zombie by Friday afternoon and definitely in the evening. The next morning Dave and I made breakfast for everyone, French toast and bacon and all the snowboarders geared up for a day of boarding. My cousin Anna, my friend Ray and I decided we would not be partaking in a sport we are terrible at and went snowshoeing instead!
The weather could not have been better if it tried. We quickly realized we were way too overdressed and started sweating pretty quickly! After locating a trail we wanted to try we headed down the mountain, which in turn we knew we were going to have to go back up. It was so peaceful on the mountain and we met a few other snowshoers along the way. When we began our ascent it was some seriously hard work! Snowshoeing doesn’t sound hard compared to snowboarding but it is a honest to goodness hard workout and I loved every minute of it! I have tried boarding numerous times, taken lessons through the mountain or through friends but honestly I am just plain bad at it and quite scared too. So I’ve taken up snowshoeing the past few mountain trips and I love it. Way better then just sitting in the chalet or condo all day!
After about two hours of snowshoeing we were all tuckered out so we ventured back to our condo. We quickly realized how hungry we were for all that hard work we had done and made some delicious sandwiches provided by our friends. We’ve figured out a great system for our trips to the mountain. Everyone pairs up and each pair makes a meal and cleans up and that way everyone shares the chores of cooking and cleaning. All the boarders came back in when we finished our lunch and they dove into their sandwiches before heading back to the mountain for the rest of the day. Once it was nice and quiet in the condo again, Anna and I did face masks while stretching and relaxing and then we all decided naps would definitely be a great idea. Other then when I was sick in Dublin I couldn’t remember the last time I had napped and it felt so good!
Although it was a short and quick weekend away it was definitely worth it! And although I am very happy it is warming up in Victoria and we hopefully won’t be seeing any of that white stuff again until next winter, I do love the snow when it’s on the mountain. It makes everything so quiet and peaceful, exactly what you need sometimes! Until next time Mt. Washington!