I’ve always loved the great outdoors. If you know me personally, you’d know that I’m super spontaneous and love all things related to nature – trees, animals, beaches, rivers, etc.
Before I got here, I considered myself as one of the more active/fit people around. I was certain that Bozeman would be filled with the stereotypical American, those who’d eat 5 cheeseburgers for every single meal, weighed at least 200 pounds and would never ever think of exercising. Simply put, I thought I’d be fitter than most people here. Narcissistic, I know.
Boy, was I wrong. Bozemanites (yeah, that’s what they call themselves) are some of the most active people I’ve ever met in my entire life. Imagine going to the gym at 6 A.M. and all the treadmills are taken. Imagine seeing people jogging in the snow. Imagine seeing 90% of people leaving campus every weekend to camp or do something outdoorsy.
I guess it’s due to the fact that Bozeman is known as the adventure capital of the Northern Rockies. Being one of the top 10 ski towns in the world, 8/10 people you meet here are either ski-bums, snowboarders or avid snowshoers (like yours truly). People come here to ski, to be around nature, to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Being a KL-ite, it has always been difficult to do something outdoors. When we were kids, my grandma would make up tales of abduction and slavery to scare us from going outside. In college, when I realised my love for being outside, we were too far away from the forests and there was no one around me that I trust with skills good enough to guarantee my survival if we’d ever got lost in the woods. I guess that’s what you sacrifice in exchange for good food, malls and an awesome music scene, only available in the cities.
Remember how I said that I considered myself as an active and fit person? Well, in MSU, I’m considered mediocre. I’m not particularly active, nor am I particularly strong but I have tried to workout more often than not, just because everybody is doing so. I have been camping/hiking at least once a week because FOMO.
At least I’m getting healthier, right?
(Little fact of the day: According to Forbes, Bozeman is one of the top 10 college towns in the US!)