K: I've XC skied more this year than all other years combined. R teaches in Gimli and has already skied through Camp Morton, but she invited me along for this trip. The sun was shining and it was one of the warmer days of the year so far. In fact, it was a little too warm so the skiing was slow, but I was pumped to finally wax my skis (I've embarrassingly never done this before, which I think speaks to how much of a novice I truly am). There were only 2 or 3 people on the entire trail. It was a glorious, short, and extremely easy ski. We spent about 90 minutes on the trails, which is perfect for a Sunday adventure. R was annoyed with me because she was sweating profusely, and I was not (she often draws attention to this fact, in a poke-fun kind of way)

Before heading home, we decided to stop at a local coffee place in Gimli. Turned out that everything was closed and we were not desperate enough for Tim's (I know – how unCanadian of us). As we gather ourselves and head back to the car, someone shouts at us from across the road, "Are you looking for coffee?"

Apparently we looked more desperate than we felt.

Chad, the owner of Flatland Coffee, invited us in, made us almond milk lattes (R was in the middle of a Whole30 and I avoid dairy) and wouldn't let us pay. What a perfect way to cap off our adventure! The cafe, by the way, was SO CUTE. Don't pass by this place if you ever find yourself in this viking town.

We were giddy with excitement and so grateful for the wonderful day we had. As we dissected our past, present, and future by attempting to solve all of the world's problems (something R and I do often), I suggest to R that she should start a travel blog. We are always gushing about how we wish more people truly appreciated all that Manitoba has to offer. I've been making exploring Manitoba my top priority for the past few summers. No, we don't have oceans, but we have thousands of lakes. In my eyes, nothing can compare to the mountains, but I'm not in the mountains and I don't anticipate moving there anytime soon. So, I'm going to soak up all that the prairies can offer.

My suggestion to R to start a blog, morphed into us starting a blog – together. Our goal is to inspire others by revealing how awesome Manitoba can be. Thus, here we are with the first blog post –inspired by a Sunday midday conversation, after an afternoon well spent XC skiing in Gimli, MB.

Welcome to the Do North Project!

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