My friend pulled down a book from the narrow, wooden shelf high above the front window. It was “The Book of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha. The gist of the book is enjoying the little things in life – like waking up in the morning and realizing it’s a Saturday.
Dave Henry Lodge, Valemount B.C. (Photo Credit: M. Kopp)
Or like standing on the main floor of Dave Henry Lodge, high in the mountains above Valemount, B.C. with two long-time friends and a half dozen or so new acquaintances, brooms and snow shovels and flattened cardboard boxes in hand, trying to coax a pine marten out from behind the indoor woodpile. And trying not to squeal like a little girl as the marten flies past the blockade of plastic ski boots, brooms, shovels, and cardboard and hides under the red and black benches surrounding the long table.
Live trapped and awaiting relocation. (Photo Credit: M. Kopp)
Awesome is walking down the narrow staircase from the sleeping bunks at 6:30 a.m. smelling fresh coffee wafting from the kitchen and seeing thick snow falling outside.
It’s having your guy give up a day of ripping up the slopes with the strong skiing group to find the perfect hero snowpatch for you to yo-yo up and down all day – and then complimenting you on your awesome descent through the thickly treed slope back to the cabin. Plus, it’s catching duplicate ear-to-ear grins on the faces of the lakeside snowshoers and steep and deep skiers at the end of the day.
My guy… (Photo Credit: M. Kopp)
…and I! (Photo Credit: B. Kopp)
Could it be just sitting in the low-roofed sauna with a cold beer, a bucket of snow and the irrepressible impulse to throw a snowball at your sauna mates?
Awesome is happy hour beginning with red grape salsa on goat cheese crostini and a guys versus gals game of Sequence, chasing it down with baked steelhead and round of travel and adventure tales and topping it all off with raspberry Linzer torte, Irish-cream laden coffee and a dollop of whip cream.
It’s having one of your new friends point out the silhouette of a hawk-owl perched high on a conifer tree in the middle of the day.
Maybe it’s skimming the tops of two snow-capped passes and banking hard right as the helicopter soars back towards spring.
Passes between Dave Henry and Swift Creek. (Photo Credit: M. Kopp)
How was the weekend? A whole lot of awesome.
“Because, life’s too short, my friends. Let’s squeeze in as many laughs as we can get.”
– Neil Pasricha
A little pre-ski downward dog. Can someone help him back up? (Photo Credit: M. Kopp)