To be honest, I was fine with the thought of spending every day sleeping late in the comfort of our hotel, followed by more lazing around in my pajamas with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other. After all, I certainly needed to wind down after the first half of February--the beginning of the month was a crazy and sometimes stressful ride: Not only did I finish my fourth manuscript, HAUNTED SOULS, I also signed with a literary agent! I was exhausted after all the hard work and excitement.
As wonderful as doing nothing sounds, though, eventually I needed to move. In addition to writing, fitness is my other passion (and job). And a member of the gym where I work happened to be at the same Canadian ski resort as we were...her family goes every year. So she suggested we try cross-country skiing on one of the days. I'd done it once before, and although it was two years prior, I seemed to recall it being much more my speed.
First of all, what a workout! That part I did remember. Despite the very cold temperatures, I was sweating after the first 5 minutes. And the best part was that it was a fun workout! Once I got the hang of it, I could glide along without fear of a collison, chatting with my friend while admiring the pristine, peaceful woods of Domaine Saint-Bernard.
The trail eventually led to a clearing with a little covered shelter, complete with benches and a firepit. Strung along the trees were dozens of birdfeeders. As we approached, my friend suddenly whispers, "Kathryn...look to your right."
No one else was around. The deer came closer and closer as we tossed the seeds, and only the birds overhead broke the cold, still silence. My friend held out a hand filled with seeds, and one of the birds landed on her hand and began to eat. We felt like we were in a Disney movie! The only things missing were colorful pastel gowns and uplifting songs.
I LOVE animals, and as I shared the experience with my family over dinner, my enthusiasm convinced them to give cross country a try, too. The next day, they took time off from downhill and we all went together.
It wasn't quite as magical...this time, the clearing happened to be filled with people. But the deer were there, and some of them were bold enough to eat from our hands! One actually seemed ready to search my coat pockets once I'd run out of seeds!
|Me with a bird on|