I bought a plane ticket.

That’s right, I did it. After weeks of humming and hawing about it, trying to talk myself out of it, telling myself that I shouldn’t be spending the money right now, etc, etc… I pulled the trigger and I bought a ticket.

It’s definitely not an exotic locale, but what matters to me is that it is somewhere that will make me happy. And I really need something to smile about right now.

I’ve been afraid to tell people about it, because I don’t wan them to lecture me on spending my money in a frivolous manner when I don’t have a steady flow of income right now. I’m not sure how I’m going to break the news, but, I will do it.

Yesterday, as I sat in bed reading one of my favourite books of all time, I made it to the chapter that has stood out in my mind since I first read it as a teenager. The quote, as follows:

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

And I thought ‘I’m not waiting any longer’. So I did it. I went online, I booked the tickets, and I’m going.

It’ll be a short trip. Nothing in life lasts forever, I know that. And, in spite of the fact that it might seem rather reckless to book a trip when you don’t have a steady stream of income coming in, I’m not stupid when it comes to money. I know how to save, where to spend, how to choose the cheaper options. I’m going to be smart about this, of course. But I’m also going to live my life.

Life should be adventure, and, when it really comes down to it, I’d rather be the person that says ‘I’ve been there and it was amazing’ than the person who says ‘I’ve always wanted to go’.

Travel Diaries: I’ve been waiting ten years to do this.

Sometimes in life there are things that you want to do, that you know you want, but that you cannot get to. Either the circumstances won’t allow it, or the timing isn’t right, regardless, you get to wait and hope.

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is Abraham Lake. Abraham Lake is an artificial lake on the North Saskatchewan River lining the David Thompson Highway between Saskatchewan River Crossing and Nordegg. It was created in 1972 with the construction of the Bighorn Dam. Although man-made, it still possesses the blue colour of other glacial lakes in the Rocky Mountains.

Within the lake itself is a naturally occuring source of methane. During the winter, when the lake freezes over, methane bubbles from the lake’s bottom are released and get trapped in the ice as they escape to the surface. This causes the incredible sight of thousands of tiny little bubbles trapped within the ice all over the lake. Tourists flock from all over the world out to see this phenomenon, go for a walk on the lake, and see how well they can capture the bubbles.

Though it’s not actually that far from where I live, timing has never allowed me to get out there. Until this past weekend, that is.

Audi A4 2.0T Komfort Quattro

Knight and I got behind the wheel of an Audi A4 Komfort Quatro and headed for the Rockies. (Side Note – I am quickly becoming an Audi person. These cars are brilliant, luxurious, and so user friendly. I am grateful for the opportunity to test drive it)

When you see the lake, it’s absolutely breathtaking. The scenery is second to none, with the image of the lake surrounding by densely packed forests and skyscraping majestic mountains is something that will be forever ingrained in my memory.

I would reckon the ice itself was about six feet thick at this stage. The weather here has been exceptionally cold this winter, so no one was afraid to walk out there.

We made our way down the hill to the lake itself and went hunting for bubbles. What we ended up finding was cooler than I could ever describe in words.

The bubbles were everywhere. They’d literally been trapped all over the lake. We walked out pretty far and noticed the change in the colour of ice (change of thickness comes with change in colour) but alas, the methane bubbles were caught trying to burst through.

There were spots where the ice had cracked and pushed up. The pieces of ice were so thick and so dense, it was hard to imagine and I was seeing it with my own eyes.

Honestly, I loved it. I loved every second of it. I can understand why people come from near and far to see this place.

On the way home we ran into some mountain goats licking the sale off the highway. They were pretty cute, and pretty docile as well.

I really didn’t want to have to give the Audi back. It’s a beautiful car. It’s so user friendly, and so… easy to drive. Plus it looks pretty EVERYWHERE. Even when it’s covered in road salt from the Canadian highways.

Audi A4 2.0T Komfort Quattro

If anyone is ever in Alberta, Canada in the winter and wants an adventure, I highly recommend renting a car and taking it out to Abraham Lake. Don’t purchase a tour from one of those companies. They’re horrendously overpriced (I saw online that they’re charging tourists $340 per person just to drive you to the lake!) and way to regimented. Rent a car, go for yourself! Take the time you want and witness the magic that is Abraham Lake.