(from the John Hamilton Network)
Up until the end of the Waiting Stage, you have not actually physically moved as of yet. If it is a move that you are not really looking forward to, after you arrive, you may not experience the euphoria stage (the honeymoon portion including joy and excitement of the new) for a while. Once the euphoria is over, you may get stuck in the Negotiation Stage, during which the realities of a new place are evident and frustration, anger or even depression might settle in for a while. Either way, you just don't want to be in this new place. You have created a long mental list of what you miss from your old home/city/province, and very little in your new place compares.
So far I have enjoyed many things in Winnipeg and in Manitoba. After a trip home to see family in August, I returned to Winnipeg and felt the stings of the Negotiation Stage. So when my friend, and another mutual friend, decided that it was time to form a plan, the I Love Manitoba Adventures, I was very interested. The idea is to look for as many interesting and enjoyable things we can do in Winnipeg but more importantly all over the province, unique to Manitoba, then do as many as possible. We have been able to squeeze in several adventures but the plan will be even more important as the long Manitoba winter sets in. Last January through February we had 6 weeks of -30 to -45 degrees Celsius. When the temperature rose to -15 degrees Celsius it felt like a spring day. Like I said, this part of the year is going to be the harder portion.
The two adventures we have managed to squeeze in so far include a swim at a gravel pit and a trip to tube down a river, that morphed into a boat float on Lac de Bonnet. Here are the shots we took and the commentary from the gravel pit, all of which is helping us enjoy the province in which we are currently living.
Gravel Pit Swimming
This is a gravel pit we did not swim in but a working pit Christa took me to,
to show me she was not a fool (I had my doubts).
The actual gravel pit Christa came upon by accident one day,
trying to make her way to a different pool of water in the distance.
The water was the aquamarine colour of lakes in BC. Unbelievable really!
It was a hot, hot Manitoba day and the cool, refreshing water is exactly what we needed.
|In We Go|
|Christa's got skills!|
|Charlie's got skills!|
Like any swimming occasion, it was time to goof off and we began taking pictures under water.
Yep, if either of us had drowned and were found three days later, this is what we would look like.
|More fun as the sun sets.|
The tube ride turned boat float will be posted another day. Thanks for reading!