It’s June 30 and Lisa-Marie and I are just about to board a flight in Edmonton headed back to Toronto after 7 days shooting for BodyRock throughout Canada’s most beautiful National Parks. What an experience it’s been.
You only need to look at a few of the photos to see how magnificent our working conditions were.
Ok, ok it wasn’t all rosy. Think about it: three girls who barely knew each other in a car, sharing rooms, hiking and working together 24/7. There was cabin fever, lack of sleep, profound exhaustion, irretitabitly, tears and millions of insects. And oh, to top it all off, there was PMS. Major PMS. But some how we not only came out of it without claw marks to our faces we even came up with absolute gold. Look at those picturesagain!
Looking back now the week seems to have gone by in a flash. I can’t believe it’s over. But when I think of exactly how much we did I can’t believe, either, that we completed so much in a week.
A quick run down of the facts: 10 days of travel: 7000km by air and 1800km by road. We spent a total of 24 hours in the car. We visited dozen of locations throughout Alberta and British Columbia and just to name a few: Edmonton, Jasper, Sulphur Skyline, Canmore, Banff, Consolation lakes, Grassi lakes, Colubmia ice fields, Lake Louise and Takakkaw Falls. We filmed 60 (!!) short-format workouts, and took thousands of photos. We hiked, sweat, froze, went hungry, got dehydrated, bombarded by insects, sunstroke, killer tans, delirium and laughed until we peed our pants (well, only I did that).
And we saw mother nature at her most magnificent. Her views were awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping and enough to make anyone a believer. As Nietzsche said, if God didn’t exist we would have to invent him.
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I’ve been in Canada almost 8 years now, but I think it was only this past week that I really got it.
I must give credit where credit is due. Mad respect goes out to our photographer/ videographer/ tour guide/ travel agent/ provider of food and mommy (her officially title is BodyRock production manager but that doesn’t even come close to describing what she does) Taylor Oakes. A woman of seemingly unlimited energy, patience, resources and ten years our junior looked after us two big babies. To the point that when she dropped us off at the airport Lisa and I though we might get lost getting to our gate, finally left to our own devices. I know that at this moment she is probably drowning herself in vodka and I say she deserves that. Good work Taylor.[caption id="attachment_96797" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Taylor basically had to drag Lisa up this 2.5 hrs hike.[/caption]
Now, I’m the new girl at BodyRock but I’ve been following them and been inspired by them for years. So for me to be on the other side and working along side the great Lisa is still a bit unreal for me.
[caption id="attachment_96802" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Lisa and Taylor.[/caption]
So about Lisa. To all her legions of fans that love and follow that girl, let me tell you she is even more awesome-er in person, if you can believe it. You might be inclined to think she’s probably a bit of a diva. She’s not. She’s simple and easy-going, “just a miner’s daughter”, as she says. She’s exactly that but so much more at the same time. She always volunteered to sleep on the sofa, take the back seat andshare anything she had. She’s a hard worker, wonderfully thoughtful, honest, and generous. But perhaps best of all she is incredibly hilarious. I don’t remember the last person who made me crack up so much. All the big side-splitting laughs and memorable lines were delivered by her, including the motto of the trip: “that’s not a rock, that’s goo”. You had to be there.[caption id="attachment_96799" align="aligncenter" width="625"] This is the goo Lisa warned about.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_96800" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Roadside lunch, lovingly prepared and packed by Taylor.[/caption]
As great as the trip was for everyone and for BodyRock at large, I think I personally got the most of out it. The month leading up to the trip was one of great emotional turmoil and crossroads for me. Simply put, I was lost and confused. This time in nature, away from it all, was amazingly restorative. I also felt a great sense of accomplishement and pride in what we were doing. But most of all, the quality time with two fierce females gave me back my mojo.
So there you have it, our week in review. I think speak for everyone at BodyRock when I say we are very excited to share with you the fruits of our hard work this week. I think you’ll be as inspired by it as we were making it. Stay tuned.[caption id="attachment_96803" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Lisa with some fans.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_96804" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Between takes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_96805" align="aligncenter" width="625"] On top of the world.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_96806" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Lisa and a rainbow.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_96808" align="aligncenter" width="625"] We saw a bear!![/caption]
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