12 November 2014

Forest walking

What I love about the Pacific Northwest is the nature. There's the ocean, mountains and forests. The air here is different, it's cleaner, and every time I look out at the mountains, some sort of calm washes over me and for a while I feel thankful for a lot of things. 

The past couple of days were spent forest walking, and I cannot believe that it has taken me this long to get started on the trails in BC. Jw loves the forest! I had no idea that he spent a good deal of his childhood in the forest until he started telling me all these things about the berries and trees we passed. (I was also very happily identifying the mushrooms I found). I love the woods. I love the feel of the soft earth beneath my feet. I love having the vacuum of silence around me – we had a very if-a-tree-falls-in-the-forest moment when someone let out a chain of farts. Which leads us to this question: If you let out a chain of farts in the forest and no one is around to hear/smell it, does it make a sound / smell? I think the trees managed to work their photosynthesis magic and clean the air pretty quickly ;) All in all I had a lot of fun, it was extremely calming and much needed after such a stressful week. 

Some pictures to do the talking: 

 In laymans terms: a ginko nut tree (in fall, even!) I love the yellow, kind of like sakura but in fall.

 A different kind of tree house. I hope to find a badger or fox hole under a tree one day. I guess Jw is pretty shocked at how much of a city bumpkin I am. I told him that I had never seen wild strawberries before and the look on his face said it all. Ha!

Ever since all my shoes got stolen I've only had one pair to rely on. These Sorels are made of leather and waterproof so they've been keeping my feet warm while temperatures have been dropping. I'm so happy I got them! (In case you didn't know, the best way to keep warm during winter is to ensure that your feet, upper chest, neck and head are warm).

These are the psychoactive Alice in Wonderland shrooms I was talking about in my previous post. They are sprouting up everywhere!! I kind of almost want to scrape off the white stuff on their caps and roll them about my fingers. I imagine they'd feel like sesame seeds. I just want to squish all the mushrooms I find. 

I hope the weather stays like this for a while. 

On a separate note. Last week I went for a seminar held by a monk because I was going through one of those 'meaning of life' phases. I found some answers, and while I'm still on my quest to cultivate inner peace I sometimes forget that it's always all in my mind.  Here's to being thankful for the little things, and attracting positive energy. Good vibes only.  


  1. wow such pretty photos:) i love being outside and take walks so i can see the most amazing things:)

    lots of love xx
    Nee from ROSECANDLE11

    1. thank you–it's quite a change from city life isn't it. Have a good week, Nee!