For awhile, I have been getting out of the apartment and checking out places to visit around me. I don’t want to stay cooped up in my place, but at the same time I want to make sure that I’m able to social distance with others. Hiking has been one activity that has become part of my routine. I’m not a big hiker. It was never my thing before the pandemic. In the past month that has changed. This weekend, my wife and I went to Drumheller Alberta.
Drumheller is often called dinosaur valley. It is known for all the dinosaur fossils found there and their world biggest dinosaur model of a T-Rex. There are other attractions that make it special, but the hiking in the badlands is on of Drumheller specialties.
We also went to this place called the Last Chance Saloon. It was created around 1913 to quench the thirst of the miners who worked in the coal mine in the area. The saloon has so much history. Some of it good, but a lot of it is bad. I will say that I got a weird vibe from the place. They say that it is haunted, but I can’t verify it. I’m just going from my feelings there.
Getting to hike the Hoodoo trail, was pretty cool. The rock foundation was really interesting to look at. Hiking up the hill was slippery and a little dangerous, but it was an experience.
The trip was really fun. Travelling places close to me is something that I wouldn’t usually do, but I’m glad I took the time to do this. What this hiking trip really did was allow me to clear my mind and help me to refocus on my goals.
I hope that everyone can get out and have a chance to explore areas around them.
It’s always great to get away. I would love to travel to places around the world, but instead I have to travel the great land of Canada. This weekend, I was able to go up to the mountains of British Columbia. I really do believe that British Columbia is a beautiful province with amazing sights. One of the places that I went to was Emerald Lake.
The lake was so green and clear. I wish I could stay there forever.
Never in my life have I ever seen the end of a rainbow. I thought it was amazing to see.
To explore British Columbia has been an experience. Next, I will have to explore the east coast of Canada. I will plan to do that next year.
Your mental well being is important. Especially, since we are living through the pandemic. How are we going to pay our bills, will I get COVID or will I still have a job? These questions has consumed our lives. I can tell you that I did go through this process. I had fears that seem to grow each day. At times, I was afraid to go outside. Since summer has rolled around, I did subdue some of my fears.
My wife and I wanted to get away, so we rented a cabin in the woods. The Cabin was in British Columbia. That area of the province has beautiful mountains and forest that I believe is unmatched.
During our stay in the mountains, we went on hikes to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We sat near the fire while having some drinks. Just listening to the sounds of nature, relaxed my mind from the fears that seem to be gripping me.
While on this trip, I was able to talk to my wife about how I was feeling. We discuss all about the fears we were having during this pandemic. I realize from our conversation that everything thing was going to be okay. Our bills were being paid and if I do lose my job, it did not define me. We were going to make it.
On this trip, I realize that talking about my doubts with someone else helps. It is a burden to carry this around by yourself. I’m so fortunate to have a wife that is caring and always willing to listen.
I know that not everyone has someone to talk with. Here are some resources to help you find someone to communicate with.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (open 24/7): 1-800-273-8255.
United Way Helpline (which can help you find a therapist, healthcare, or basic necessities): 1-800-233-4357