Local Viewpoint - Paddling away the worries

We’ve all been told that spending time out in nature is good for our souls, but does everyone make going outside a priority?

I didn’t. 

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I would get outside from time to time, and though I loved the feeling it gave me, I never thought I had the time. I was busy with work, I had other plans, and I would say I didn’t have the chance to do something fun other than walk around the trail in Thompson. These were all excuses my mind was coming up with.

Recently on Facebook I saw a poster about kayak rentals from a company called Akâmihk Adventures here in Thompson. I automatically contacted the company and asked about rentals.

I knew it was something I wanted to do in Thompson, as I’m used to sea kayaking, and paddling in a lake is way different.

After a quick safety talk the four of us grabbed our life jackets, and jumped into our kayaks, and started paddling on Ospwagan Lake. 

It automatically put me in this zen nature mode, and I was at peace the whole time. No worries passed through my mind for the whole two-and-a-half hours, and my eyes focused on how beautiful Earth really was.

After that trip I’ve been making the outdoors a priority, and technology an option. Northern Manitoba has a lot of beautiful scenery to take in, and the only questions I have is where do I go next!

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