Long Sault Parkway – a surprise .. this was not where we were heading, but it is where we ended up.. The Long Sault Parkway is a series of 11 island that were created from high points of land after the flooding of the St. Lawrence river during the construction of the Seaway in 1950’s. for more info. on the Long Sault Parkway visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Sault_Parkway
We drove the whole 10.1 kilometers (6.3 miles) then continued on to Preston and highway 416 to get back to Ottawa. We couldn’t have had a better day for a drive. It was hot, but walking along pathways we found that took us along the banks of the St. Lawrence, offered up wonderful breezes off the water. We saw lots of water =^_^= Stopped at more than one beach!
Being a “vacation” day, we treated ourselves to hot fries from a chip truck, they also served up the most wonderful hamburgers.. and yes, we indulged.. DELICIOUS… Dessert – salted caramel ice capp.!!!! yes.. its true !!!!!! (yes from Tim Hortons)
You’re happy, I’m happy. Have the mindset of “good for you, good for me”. Express yourself in a way that makes others happy.
Fall is in the air, the perky nip of cooler weather is there to greet me in the morning when I let the dog out. 16 degrees C, ( 45 F). The fall has to be my favourite season of all.. I enjoy each one of our very different seasons, but fall weather has a special place in my heart. Every year around this time the leaves start to work their magic on the landscapes. The lazy hazy days of summer disappear, there is a quicker and snappier mood to our walk. The fall clothes come out, the warm sweaters, closed in shoes, and wonderful combinations of casual fashion.
It is true, in the fall you are more likely able to draw me out into nature, the bugs and insects are not around, and where I would love a night in this cabin, I really feel the we would have problems taking the dogs out at night. The next picture is of a “pond” in a secluded area of Nova Scotia, Canada where someone camps. We have been to such locations in our travels, believe me, the exhilaration of such moments is beyond words.
In my personal journey to become a better person, I enjoy my time away as much as my time in the city. Life is wherever I am. It is when we stop moving forward in our lives that we grow stagnant. One one personal card I had printed, read, Discover a new you…. explore active meditation…. Step outside the box. What is active meditation, active meditation is when you live each moment of your day with Makoto (sincerity) with a focus on being a better person in all you say and do. Like the world we live in (nature) our moods and self expression changes. When we accept that the only constant in life is change, then we are well on our path to living with a peaceful heart.
May your day be blessed with an abundance of happiness and joy!
Namste – Oyashikiri
*** Pinterest, T Werner Abel camping area
**** fs.usda.gov Lake Conasauga,North Georgia camping area.
Good morning dear reader, how is your day progressing? Ever wonder just where yesterday went, never mind last week. Do you have a crystal ball? I’ve had many over the years, I’ve enjoyed their beauty, and the wonderful energy I’ve been able to associate with them, however, they have never shown me life in the future. I believe in living in the present. Yesterday happened, today is the present and today I will do my best to live each moment “being present”. Allow me to share another French expression, “vivre ce n’est pas respirer, c’est agir” living is not breathing but doing” (Rousseau)
Last night, late, I thought I would prepare ahead for this morning’s visit. I spent over an hour carefully reviewing and researching photographs for today, I saved and filed them away. I know I did this. I remember the pictures vividly and the thoughts that I lined up to go with them. I went to bed happy with my research. Content with the knowledge that this morning I would wake and my thoughts would be in order to sit down and share with you my musings, Well so much for planning and being in the moment, today is another day, and this morning, when I started to write, my files simply couldn’t be found. Et voila, the best laid plans, gone into the void. In living a life of Perfect Liberty we learn that each moment is a turning point. (PL precept 18). PL Precept #4 is Being annoyed limits our expression. –So.. instead I am sharing my moment with you, because I know, that each and everyone of you, have all had such moments, C’est la vie! It’s life. =^_^= no help from the crystal ball!
Doesn’t this tree show its past with dignity and grace. the photographer who is not known, had a wonderful “eye” for the beauty before him/her. To the unknown artist of this photograph, I say thank you. I enjoy your work very much.. Your presentation of that moment in time, is breathtaking!
Let’s do our best to interact pro-actively with everything and anyone who comes into our sphere today, have a grand day my friends, I send my love and prayers to each and everyone of you.
There was a time before cars got bigger, faster, when the world moved at a more leisurely pace. A Sunday drive was something you looked forward to after a busy week. Of course, that is if you had a car, if you were determined, we could ride the bus, then transfer to a streetcar that would take us out to a beach just outside the city limits, where along with other families we could enjoy fresh air and sunshine by the water Today this beach is still there, but it is no longer outside the city limits, it is in the heart of the city and surrounded by homes,shops and restaurants. Life has changed, and with it, the natural wonders that were so available before are now, way way out and require travel by motor vehicle to get there, and even then, it is protected land, or parks that are managed and looked after. To find a really wilderness like retreat, you have to get out the maps and plan accordingly. And unfortunately many of us, like certain conveniences of home to be with us while we enjoy a quiet retreat.
We have friends with a wonderful good size camper that they take off in every year for camping retreats they’ve found over the years. They found a place by the water they can rent, park their camper, and then tour in their luxury truck that they purchased to visit the areas around the park. Both are excellent cooks and bring their skills with them, dining out with them has to be a feast of delights. They didn’t always camp, they took it up only a couple of years back, but once the decision was made, they applied themselves, researched and took action. Now when I hear my friend say, that soon they will take off on t heir first trip of this year I’m green with envy. I’ve talked about doing what they have done, since they first got the idea and acted on it. Years later, they have developed a roaming lifestyle that is very enticing. Thanks to social media we get to enjoy many of their journeys and discoveries, but we (hubby and I) meanwhile, still have it on our “bucket list”
Vintage campers are making a comeback, people are finding them and refurbishing them, fixing them up and putting them somewhere where they can have their home away from home at certain times of the year. In researching for this blog, I saw darling little caravans, little tin rolling cans as they are affectionately called. So caught in my search, I started a folder of small homes/campers on my Pinterest page. To acquire the simplicity that I would so like, requires work! Unlike in a virtual world, I can’t just click on a button and be transported to another time and different location. In the real world, I have to downsize and plan so that I can pick up and go. AND… unlike years gone by……. I have to travel further to find undeveloped spaces. Hmmmm simplicity I hear that to get to some lakes now, one has to be flown in, and guess what, at the other end is a camping resort, that may or may not allow pets. Just saying.
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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--- there are two energies, Yin and Yang = ONE
---to have balance we must live each moment
of our lives.. with Makoto (sincerity)
The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.