Snow legs: I don't have them

By Kenza

President's Day is awesome. I don't know really why it means I get a day off but I'll take it. Recently, I've been feeling pretty anxious, looming dates and assignments mixed with poor air quality and the fact that I can't work out are leaving me with butterflies in my stomach so I decided to do something about it. I woke up at 8 am (by choice, I literally didn't even set an alarm which is a big deal), I pulled oil (yay!), washed my face, got changed and told my friend we were going up Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake City to get out of the city for a bit and breathe some good air. 

I pulled on my Sorel Boots, picked her up (and her dog) and up the we went. It was a beautiful drive, I hadn't been in the canyon since the snow fell so it was awesome to see. 

 

I struggle in snow (clearly) and it is really not my element. But it was so beautiful that we had to step outside the car and take it all in. I was planning on walking all the way up to that gate but decided it really wasn't worth it so I turned around and threw my arms in the air. It took me a very long time to get down from half way up that hill and I'm not ashamed to admit it. 

After about 15 minutes we were told that we weren't allowed to have dogs up there because it's a reservoir and it's our drinking water. But look at that face! 

So, we took a few last breaths and the anxiety and crappy vibes sort of melted away. It's really shocking how much just getting out and being in nature even for a half hour can help with your mental and physical state. It's a huge part of my 'getting healthy' journey that I pay attention to both my physical and mental health and this is one way to do both at the same time!

Once we got kicked out we drove back down the canyon and went to this little dog park. It was just the sweetest thing, I can't believe I didn't know about it before! It's a quick loop but the iced up stairs made it sort of an uphill climb so I was able to get a little bit of exercise in which was nice but also humbling because I am very out of shape. 

All in all, I think it's important to just be in nature every once in a while. I get so attached to technology that it stresses me out when I don't have it around, so I'm trying to get to the place where it doesn't bother me if I don't have my phone in my pocket. Connecting with nature is always something I've been a huge proponent of, but connecting with snow has always been a challenge for me. I'm used to the ocean so the thought of frozen water doesn't come naturally to me. I don't quite have my 'snow legs' even though I've been living here for 3 years. I have to be extra careful not to fall because I'd love to not have to go to the hospital for at least a week.

But really, getting up to the canyon really helped my mental state today and I live in such a great place for outdoor activities, so I think it's time I start taking advantage of it (in whatever capacity I can).