Friday was one of the funnest days I’ve had in a long time.
I went on an adventure to St. Malo, MB with four great people. We got our vehicle stuck in knee-deep snow. And while trying to push it out I might have fallen flat a couple of times, only to end up with damp jeans and what felt like the droppings of a snow cone in the bottom of my ankle boots.
But when we finally pushed ourselves out of the snow, we did a lot of exploring (mostly on foot because we were too nervous to drive the SUV onto dirt roads again).
The first place we found was called La Grotte. It was a church within a grave yard that was either abandoned or left alone for the winter. The inside was beautiful. It had stained glass windows, wooden floors and benches, a (somewhat-creepy) statue of a nun laying in a glass case at the front…(Catherine may have thought it was a real body), and it even came complete with a love letter written in 2004.
The letter wrote:
On July 31/04 my boyfriend brought me here and proposed to me. For years this beautiful place has brought me peace within myself and I was able to share this place with Arturo. All my life I prayed for a man whom believed as much as me and whom would help my belief in God stay strong. On July 31/04 the good lord brought us here and answered my prayer. He united us into one. I love our God so much and we will be forever thankful. We want to live our life for you, for you gave yours for us.
❤ Alway Mary K + Arturo C.L
I felt lucky to have found it. It was laying there, as if it was left right where Arturo proposed. We got to share Mary and Arturo’s love story and I couldn’t help but think we were supposed to find them. So we tried!
We started with social media and the internet, searching for their names. We got excited when we found an Arturo C.L, but that excitement dwindled when we saw he lived in New Mexico.
We even asked some locals if they recognized the names. It’s a small town so there is a good chance of that. No one recognized them.
Our time was limited to find a story so we couldn’t afford to do a more thorough search, so we tried something else. One of the locals told us about an animal therapy centre that helps kids deal with with certain disabilities or anxieties by pairing them up with what you might call their “spirit animals.”
This place housed fainting goats, a mini pig, miniature horses, full sized horses, sheep, chickens, a blind rooster and kittens.
This was an unexpected find, but I guess finding treasure is usually somewhat unexpected. Needless to say we found our story there, but you’ll have to come back to visit Sincerely, Kristi next week to read it!
The entire trip was beneficial. It made me realize I need to explore our province more, because there are amazing things to find everywhere. And it also gave me quite a good workout! When I woke up Saturday morning my shoulders were extremely sore from pushing the SUV out of the snow, and my legs were sore from hiking up and down heavily snowed in paths. Talk about resistance training.
See you next week when I reveal the story behind the St. Malo animal therapy centre.