The middle of winter may seem a rather unlikely time to shrug off the warmth and protection of home sweet home to go adventuring but this is exactly why we forced our way out of hibernation and took to the road in search of adventure. To do something out of the ordinary and embrace spontaneity.
Winter is a notorious season for inactivity. We tell ourselves that because it’s cold outside, our couch potato behaviour is justified. Necessary. Not lazy at all.
But… We know this isn’t true.
Well, at least not for me. I bury myself in the couch, yes I said in, and binge on all things delicious, because I am lazy. And it has become a habit. Not because it’s justified. Now, post my challenge to myself and all of you last week, I knew I would need to be able to deliver on at least one moment of engagement with the wide world of opportunity out there.
Joined by my funny fisherman, who was at first, somewhat reluctant (read grumpy) to be rolled out of bed to face the cold and wet outdoors on a Saturday, and our friends the Swales, we set off in search of snow.
Now this is somewhat more complicated than it sounds. Snow is not always, as obliging as we would hope. A 3-hour drive, followed by a treacherous slip and slide down a muddy dirt road – which would have done any drifter proud – and we arrived at a very cold, but completely snow-free destination. Boo.
Silverstreams is a little gem, tucked away at the foot of the mountain. And I have to say we were all enchanted by our “Cara-cabins” (A caravan, log cabin hybrid) and the picturesque surroundings we found ourselves in. A good dose of old-school conversation (no tv at Silverstreams), a roaring fire and the most delicious potjie EVER, and the result could only be some very happy campers.
And then the snow fairy came to play. Happiness.
There’s nothing that can quite compare, to the look of joy on the face of a child, experiencing something for the first time. This is the joy we lose as we grow up. And this is the joy we need to hold on to. To go in search of. And to engage with. Daily.
I couldn’t be happier that I managed to drag my lazy self off the couch this weekend in search of snow, and in search of adventure. Tell me, what did you engage with?