This fall, I decided to get back to walking – my 45 minute daily loop through forested trails. For the past year, I had really slowed down due to my 11 year old Great Dane not being able to map it any longer; we were going out each day, but it had become more of a daily stroll. And I needed to get back to exercising.
As I was scrolling through Facebook one day, I see a sponsored advertisement for a company called My Virtual Mission. It peaked my interest so I explored it further. As it turns out, I could ‘walk’ just about anywhere in the world. They had many trails to choose from and for a relatively small fee, I would get virtual postcards along the way, a tree planted as I completed each leg of the trail, and a medal that gets sent in the mail once I had completed the mission. I decided to give it a try – I gave myself 12 weeks as a timeline to complete it, and I have to say, it was an additional motivational factor in getting out for my walk every day. And, on top of that, it was fun! I could check out my progress every day on the map, and it even had a street view of where I was at all times (I got to see the ocean!)
Yesterday, I completed the mission. Walking the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, I clocked 299 kms in 67 days. 5 trees will be planted on my behalf.
I most likely would never have done this had it not been for the pandemic. And although it doesn’t replace actual travelling, it did give me a little boost. Next virtual mission? The Grand Canyon!
To visit the My Virtual Mission website: https://www.myvirtualmission.com/
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