Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In the Present

Lately, I've found myself ranting to Keith about how to make future adventures and travels sustainable.  How does one continue to finance future trips, travels and adventures?  What can we do to make these dreams come true in the future?  It's so easy to get distracted with planning for the future and dreaming and scheming of future adventures.  In the meantime, I have to frequently remind myself to enjoy the present.  I've never had a problem enjoying the present, but I do seem to be much more distracted than usual since returning from my trip. You learn this skill out on the trail:  how to be present in the moment.  But, we return back to civilization and forget so quickly.  Life is busy and confusing and distracting.

It's an important thing, the ability to focus on the now and this being present thing-a-ma-jiggy.  It directly affects your level of happiness and satisfaction with life. Even the eternally optimistic Leslie's of the world need an occasional kick in the pants to stay motivated and stay present.  It's so easy to day dream.

So, look around you!  While dreams are always important, so is this living in the present stuff.

It just took a quick look at some of my photos since Jan. 1st, to remind myself of that.

 Family Day Weekend:  Tunnel Mountain in fresh snow!

 Rundle Viewpoint

Another awesome ski on Observation - Bow Summit

 Ptarmigan Glacier and Skoki Lakes with Sarah and Mette

 Leading the charge on Valentine's Day

 Climbing Twin Cairns

 Keith on top of Twin Cairns


 Keith and Leslie tracks

Keith and the Monarch Ramparts

 Running my Backyard Loop

 Tunnel Mountain Cliffs on the Backyard Loop

 The Backyard Loop:  Favorite view of the Bow River

 Lazy day at Lake Louise

 The Monarch

Hail the Monarch!


Sara Montgomery said...

Um, yeah, those photos are a great reminder!! So beautiful!

Olga said...

Easy for you to say enjoy present and dream/plan less - look where you live! If your mountain topped at 1,000 feet and trails accounted for all of 20 miles (ok, there are more, but more of the same, and half have no views at all), I'd see how you talk! No complaining though, choice is a choice, ya know...but come 6 years from now...

Leslie said...

Oh, yeah. There's always dreamin' and schemin' to be done, I'm a big fan of that! I just don't want to fall into that "the grass is always greener" syndrome. Life is Good. No, I can't hop on an airplane and go to New Zealand to hike/run the Te Araroa Trail - but I can enjoy myself right here and right now. Time to focus on that and be good with it.

Camilla Blah said...

Hi, Leslie. I write for a travel magazine here in Brazil (it's called Viagem e Turismo: and I was hoping to get in touch with you via mail to get a few pointers on Banff National Park. We're working on a story about the place and it would be perfect to get some tips with someone that knows it as well as you. Are you up to it?
If so, plase, write to or give your e-mail. Thanks a bunch in advance!

Moogy said...

Just LOVE that toque with the sunglasses 'holder'. Did you make that yourself?
Awesome picks Leslie...

Moogy said...

and I'm glad that Keith is able to be out there again!!

Leslie said...

Hi Camilla! You can reach me at:

Hey Moogy! Hope all is well with you. You still blogging? Living on a big boat? Racing occasionally? Funny, I never noticed the toque until you mentioned it. It just the tag on my toque - but my sunglasses are definitely under the tag! That toque was a freebee. It's been around a long time, but it's wool and I dig it. :) Keith is a superstar! He healed like a charm and hasn't had any major problems with recovery. More importantly, no pain. I've been blown away. And darn happy and impressed with his speedy recovery.

Did you ever see this? Jill's account of Keith's accident:

Without a doubt, Keith is embracing and appreciating the "now" more than most of us.

Moogy said...

Yeah, on my vessel right now, rocking and rolling up to BC. The life of a researcher. ;)
I think that I'm completely behind my injury (yeah...TOTALLY jinxed now) so I'm doing Angeles Crest 100 in Aug and Meet Your Maker 50 in Sept. Totally psyched about those. I'm also doing Sulphur 50 in May, as a litmus.
I'm stoked about the MYM race. Have never been to Whistler.
All the best my Ambassador of Awesomeness!!

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I think I need a T-shirt that says "Ambassador of Awesomeness". Definitely. :) I absolutely loved the Angeles Crest part of the PCT, I'd love to make a return visit! Those are some great trails as is the town of Wrightwood. The August date scares me a little, this girl would probably melt. I hadn't even heard of Meet your Maker - holy huge elevation gain and loss! I'm most envious.

Camilla Blah said...

Hi, Leslie! It's me again.
I wrote you a couple of days ago. Did you get a chance to see it?

I'm sorry to bother you and thank you very much in advance!

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