Rawson Lake: Adventures of an Amateur Snowshoer
I truly believe that Instagram is more than a place to feel acceptance through hundreds of “likes”; it’s a place where you can connect with like-minded people who share your passions and zest for life.
I’ve only been snowshoeing a handful of times in my life—okay, fine, twice—but I’m slowly turning into a snowshoe lover and beginning to understand why it’s been such a big craze this winter. It feels like everyone I know (or everyone on my Instagram feed, I should say) has been hitting the mountains hard this past month. Not only is the snow absolutely perfect for it this season, but I could definitely feel the cardio benefits as I was huffing and puffing my way up the trail—it’s not exactly a walk in the park!
This past week I was messaged on Facebook by a guy that I know through the grapevine in University named Dan. I say “through the grapevine” because we had only hung out in the same group a few times and we weren’t really friends when we did. Out of the blue, Dan invited me to go snowshoeing up Rawson lake with him and a few of his friends, whom I also kind of knew, but only from brief interactions. I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant at first to say yes. Not just because I was nervous that I wouldn’t have any close friends there, but also because that’s just the way I usually operate; I have a hard time saying yes to opportunity and for some reason, I get incredibly tangled in the negatives that could come out of putting myself out there.
I’m not sure what it was this time, but I said yes after I let the hesitation pass. I kept trying to think of reasons I shouldn’t go when I should’ve been focusing on all the fantastic things I could gain from hanging out with a new group of like-minded people doing something I truly love: hanging out in the mother nature’s playground.
Today happened to be one of the best days I’ve had in a while and I was accompanied by this profound sense of joy you can only feel among good company and fresh air. I was surrounded by people who love the same things I do and I felt so valued that they wanted to know more about my life; they were genuinely interested in me and what I had to say. I’m beginning to realize that saying no to opportunity simply out of fear is probably one of the dumbest things you can do (unless you’re invited to go base jumping, then you have all the right to say no!). I need to stop saying no and worrying about what could be and start saying yes and celebrate the experiences after. Saying yes to the unfamiliar is not complicated, but it takes guts. It takes a bit of putting yourself out there and it takes courage. Believe it or not, we all have these abilities within ourselves.
Dan (@danmedmar on Instagram) also happens to be very talented when it comes to photography and I was so thankful to have the chance to learn a thing or two from him about mastering my Instagram game. We discussed our passions, our strategies, our favourite editing tools and even our love of adventure. I truly believe that Instagram is more than a place to feel acceptance through hundreds of “likes”; it’s a place where you can connect with like-minded and spirited people who share your passions and zest for life.
I highly suggest Rawson lake for your next snowshoeing/hiking adventure in the winter or summer. It’s located in the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park (about 1.5 hours from Calgary), it’s roughly 8km round trip and the towering mountainous backdrop you get when you reach the top will literally knock your socks off.