Iai??i??ve never experience anything like the resort that is Mt. Washington. Located on Vancouver Island, skiers and boarders are treated to some of the most stunning vistas ever. Yes, panoramic views of mountains are included, but the most stunning bonus is the Pacific Ocean in plain view. I never imagined Iai??i??d be snowboarding in spring-like conditions (for Alberta, anyway ai??i?? at -2Ai??C) while breathing in the delicious sea air. Ummai??i?? glorious! Thatai??i??s about all I can say.
When the ocean wasnai??i??t in view, other spectacular sights were. Like when the crew and I were tucked away in a mini-golf amphitheatre watching Meghann Oai??i??Brien and Leah Evans throw themselves off craggy cliffs into piles of powder.
There, director Chris asked me if seeing Meghann and Leah giveai??i??r like that made me wish I was doing the same; if seeing women excel in their sport like that inspired me to want the same. Good question, because it made me realize that, yeah, a small part of me looks at girls taking drops like that and think, ai???Maybeai??i?? maybe I could do that if I applied myself enough.ai???
But more than that, I think watching them made me think more along the lines of personal excellence in terms of doing what an individual is best in the world at. For Meghann and Leah, thatai??i??s snowboarding and skiing, respectively (and for Meghann, too, that includes artisan weaving ai??i?? more on that later); for others, thatai??i??s any number of things. I really believe each person is gifted with talents and passions, and itai??i??s up to the individual to pay attention to what those things are, and honour them by devoting ourselves entirely to excelling in that area.