Just a few days back, the SOT buddies were chatting about traveling.
The chat triggered a forgotten memory and I remembered one of my most grateful unexpected moment during my Canada trip.
Was there a time in your life where one or more of “these” situation happens to you?
Imagine this…. You are traveling and driving solo.
The temperature outside your car is -31 deg c.
And out of a sudden…. your car gets stuck in the snow!
You are the only soul in the beautiful national park.
Just 10 mins ago, you had sighted a wolf in this national park, the thought of its return…..
There was no car in sight for the past hour that you were driving.
Well, if you are thinking all this is my imagination… You are wrong…. 🙂 This is exactly what happened to me. I experienced all of the above. Ok, i did missed some other information… my car was stuck in snow TWICE 😉
Only till that chat with my SOT buddies,did I then came to the realisation of how exciting and liberating my solo trip was.
This episode happened last year December when I was at Japer National Park.
Jasper National Park is the largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies, having an area span of 11,000km2 (which is about 15 times the size of Singapore). And if you intend to tour Canada, this is a place not to be missed.
Banff National Park is more populated with tourist whereas Jasper National Park is vast and doesn’t have much tourist. It felt like a quaint town, where nature have lots to offer to those who dare venture.
The traveller in me always love to take the road less travelled. So, I decided to rent a car, got myself a snow cleat (CAD$8 per day), grabbed some map and got some information from the information counter staff, and off I went to the must see places.
So the question is: How did my car got stuck in the snow?
Because I didn’t see any other car in the park and the view was so scenic, I stopped wherever and whenever I wanted, just to take a picture.
I had no prior experience driving in the snow, thus it had never cross my mind that when snow is thick and soft, you WILL get stuck if you drive on it.
What I did after my car got stuck?
Thankfully, there is a small snow shovel in the car. Really, what else can I do other than beating the cold weather of -31 deg c, get out of the car, try to dig the snow out of the way of the tires, pushing and reversing the car. As if my guardian angel finally showed up, the car finally got unstuck after a good 30-40 mins.
As I recall the incident, The only thought I have is “What if I got stuck the whole night? How do I get out of the park?” I’m so glad that it didn’t happened to me.
So what’s the purpose of sharing a story when there’s no take away?
I believe many times we could have felt the “stuck” feeling in many situations. In this case, mine would be the rented car getting stuck in the snow. For many, it could be getting stuck in a job you don’t love. Getting stuck in a relationship where you don’t feel worthy. Feeling stuck to pay up a loan. You felt like you got stuck in that body that you didn’t like. We could even get stuck with past memories that prevent us from moving on.
Is there a snow shovel in sight? A thing, a person, a program, a mentor who could guide us out of the situation?
Sometimes it could take 30-40 mins. Many a times, its gonna take us longer. Just persist and we will get there. We will get out of the “STUCKY” situation. We cant get stuck in snow forever ya? 🙂
Stay positive and dig on.
Till next post. 🙂