Up until late Friday afternoon, I thought that I was going to be volunteering at the Ride to Conquer Cancer this weekend, which is a 2 day bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle raising money for Cancer research. I sent the head co-ordinator an email Friday asking what time I was to be there early Saturday morning. Well, I guess you could say I was a bit embarassed when he wrote back in one short line, “It’s next weekend.” Oops!! At least this meant I had a free weekend, something I haven’t had in a while. That’s when the adventure wheels started turning…
West coast weekends are the best weekends in my opinion. The sun is out more often than not, there are people everywhere loving life, getting their sweat on in all different shapes and forms. Our sun & endorphin stoke was a bike ride on the Sea to Sky Highway – my all time favourite highway. It’s the breath taking twisty and winding road the goes from Vancouver to Whistler. Our goal was to make it half way to Whistler, which would be a pit stop in Squamish, then head on back. We didn’t end up making it this far. There were too many photo ops and goosebump, silent moments of taking it all in. Amazing. There was one point where I asked JC to seriously pinch me because I couldn’t remember a time where I had felt this good. So high on life. Just thinking about this makes me smile – man I love this city!
I’ve driven on that road more times than I can count. Loved every minute of it. But this time, was different. Slowing down the pace from a car to a bike allowed me to notice so much more. To see the beauty everywhere. Little creeks, fields of flowers, waterfalls, hidden campsites – my type of heaven. Soaking all of this in reminded me of a song that I hear over and over on my favourite CD which says, “Snails see the benefits, the beauty in every inch“. So true.
When we slow down, there is so much more to be seen. So much more to enjoy. Even if it’s something you’ve done hundreds of times, slow down and try it again. You will find so much more excitement and adventure in your daily routine. Slow down. Appreciate the beauty in every inch. Appreciate the moment that’s right in front of you. Look around you and re-notice all of the little things that you love so much that you have perhaps forgotten about. Close your eyes and smell your surroundings. Breathe it in. Take it all in. Every inch. Life is fantastic – and it’s happening right now. The next time you see a snail, I bet you will stop and smile – a gentle reminder to slow down the pace. I know I will. :)