Valentine’s Day me and the beau took a vacation day and did something neither of us had ever done before: cross country ski.
Mike grew up down-hill skiing and snowboarding and has been dying to get me on skis since we started dating. I had only gone skiing ONCE in my entire life and it was when I was 12 years old. It was a family trip, and rather than attempt to ski the more intermediate trails of the mountain, I limited myself to skiing the oh-so treacherous slopes of the bunny hill the entire vacation (three days on the bunny hill…yup, kind of pathetic). I did have a lot of fun skiing at my own comfort level, but didn’t dare venture any further (steeper) than that.
For Friday’s trip, Mike found a place in New Ipswich, NH called Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing that offered exactly what we were looking for and at a great price (under $100 for two adult trail passes and rental equipment combined- such a steal). I won’t lie, I was extremely hesitant to move a muscle when I first locked my boots into the skis (I literally must have asked Mike about five times whether or not I had the right size snow boot just to delay having to move a little bit longer).
To get over my fears of falling on my face, I imagined I was competing in the Olympics (see photo above); a fearless, skilled Olympian who knew precisely how to maneuver through the snow and destroy any obstacle in her path. Also, I opted to bail when necessary (right on my ass a few times), thinking to myself better to bail by choice then unexpectedly! Slowly, I began to develop my own rhythm and together Mike and I explored the trails that Windblown had to offer.
I had a lot of fun letting go of my uncertainties and trusting my instincts just enough to allow me to try something new.
Are you an adventurer who loves to try new things? Or do you prefer to stay inside your comfort zone?