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TA's InstagramA view out towards where the whales were breaching and the fog was inviting them to dance.I was introduced to @theoatcompany through my being a local hike advocate for #HikeNL and @legendarycoasts. After finished my blueberry bars, I ordered a 12 pack so I could try all their flavours. Yesterday on our Spout hike, the Snowball bar was just the ticket of sweet and chocolate to finish lunch and to propel us through the post lunch 40 minute steep climb out. So, this is my Snowball (chocolate and coconut) at the Spout! #maderighthere and with speedy free delivery here in St.John’s, they are now my go-to hike treat for the summer. I can’t wait to try the rest of the flavours! #BuyLocal #poweredbyoats #ExploreNL #OutdoorEats #Getoutside #hike #yummyinmytummyWe had an absolutely fantastic stupendous hike to “The Spout” yesterday. We tried the overland route and with the dry conditions this summer, it went well. Following the good navigational challenge, The Spout-a freshwater geyser propelled by ocean wave action, did not disappoint. It was blowing well. During lunch, we spotted some whales at the next point and didn’t they just breach while the spout was spouting. A magical moment for sure that will never be forgotten.My turn to make a shape. We had a lovely ride beside the sea in Conception Bay South. I found a few lumps to roll over and @wissmarian snapped this beauty. It looks like I’m riding in the mountains but it was sea level.This marvellous track took us from St. Mary's to Gaskiers and back. As we returned the weather threatened with the steely blue sky but ultimately gave us a pass. Isn't that sky the most amazing colour? We returned to the trailhead with only some wet feet from jumping over a few boggy bits. We kept our eyes peeled for whales and the view from the Gaskiers' Light new disappoints. Lots to do and enjoy in around St. Mary's Bay.Starting to contemplate where to head for this weekend's adventure and which method of locomotion to use...will it be hike? bike? hike a bike? canoe? sea kayak? So many choices to choose from to get outside, get active, and have a fine time exploring our province. Any suggestions or recommendations for a place not to be missed this summer?
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At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear. It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us. You can love completely without complete understanding. –Norman Maclean
Do not let arguments of expediency persuade you. That is the slow road to oblivion. That is the tortured path to undoing step by step, bit by bit, as the river creates a canyon, the way of life that we … Continue reading
Sometimes the more goal-oriented we are, the less likely we are to obtain that goal. If you really, really want something, you have to forget how much you want it. Or else you’ll be too nervous to get it. But … Continue reading
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the … Continue reading
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. –Parker Palmer
“Sometimes questions are more important than answers.” –Nancy Willard
The true measure of one’s worth is not where you come to be at journey’s end, but in the lives you touch along the way. –Anonymous
What is TA climbing next? I had many more clues planned…like this one: and this one: But alas and congrats, the great mystery of what I am climbing next has been solved by MC and Carla. They deciphered the clues: … Continue reading
Howdy, So after months of hemming and hawing, sorting and sighing, planning and proposing, looking and logisticating…I’ve finally decided what to climb next BUT I’m not telling just yet. In the spirit of fun and frivolity, I’ve been releasing a … Continue reading
Alright! Things are heating up in the guessing department. I’m loving how you are all catches some of the subtle clues in the images and putting it together with some google or bing action to come up with all new … Continue reading
OK. I know many of you are dying to know. Feeling impatient and wanting me to just spill the beans. Here is another clue to help you guess what I am climbing next…put all the pieces together from the images … Continue reading
We all know I love hockey. Probably more than I love climbing mountains (but don’t tell anyone). I usually like to play forward but on Fridays I play D. I love to score but even more, I love to deliver … Continue reading
So after months of hemming and hawing, sorting and sighing, planning and proposing, looking and logisticating…I’ve finally decided what to climb next BUT I’m not telling just yet. In the spirit of fun and frivolity, I’ll release a photo clue … Continue reading
It’s Wear Purple Day so I only thought it fitting that I find a photograph that wears some too!
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. –Aeschylus
The day was here. The woman stopped rocking in her chair. Pushing off the arms, she stood. She swayed some but caught her balance. She looked back towards the front door. She looked out to the awakening day. Her decision … Continue reading
The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do … Continue reading
Howdy, Sunday has rolled around again. After a year’s hibernation, I’m back attending a Buddhist retreat this weekend called, “Wisdom in Everyday Life.” I’m appreciating being back within the community of the Sangha, which has been a critical part of … Continue reading
“Our life is an endless journey… The practice of meditation provides a vehicle to travel on that road.” – Chögyam Trungpa
The summit in view So high in the air, Congrats to Eric For standing there! Eric Larsen summitted Mount Everest this morning completing his Save the Pole Expedition. He skied to the South Pole, then the North Pole and then … Continue reading
That there is a place somewhere in the middle-not the middle of the road but the middle way-someplace found my touching the edges to find the boundary of the possible-and then easing to a space that allows all possibilities and … Continue reading
Mountains are my teachers. I teach like the mountains teach me. With vision. With struggle. Asking students to reach up for an unknown sky, I ask for mindful engagement–for to climb or teach or learn without, leads to disaster.
An Open Gate in Chile In Honour of Miners Freed Welcome Home
Mountains are both solid and moving. They are steady, wise, and seemingly unyielding while at the same time they are changing through erosion and time.
You are exactly where you need to be, exactly on schedule. Continue to seek experiences that move you and to create experiences that move others.
Happy 10.10.10 and Happy Thanksgiving, I don’t think I was all that clear last week when I announcing my new approach to weekly updates. For those folks who’ve been receiving your updates via gmail, you don’t need to join Facebook-sorry … Continue reading
Remember to be creative and risk-taking in all that you do. Your greatest potential for growth comes with the greatest risk.
Continue on your path. Allow the light in and around you. Deepen your faith and your connection to the light. And to all persons in which the light is reflected to you.
This path has barely begun. I’m wanting the glory of the summit when I’ve barely left the parking lot… this requires a long patient slog, over hills and through valleys and being willing to put one foot in front of … Continue reading
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss
moving like day into night, fall into winter, darkness into light, pain into healing, youth into wisdom, birth into death
Views from high places. Stark understanding. Rising above. Seeing nothing higher. Seeing in new ways. This is what makes the hardship both bearable and worth it.
Feelings flow like tides, moving in, moving out, moving through, to the sea, running downhill, picking up speed and momentum to claim what is rightfully hers and theirs and ours.