Saturday, November 3, 2012

Wild Woman Returns


I'm back ,kids, and it was wonderful! The fall colors are breathtaking right now, all the way through the mountains. I so wanted to show you the misty cloud-draped mountains, the rivers, waterfalls, lakes and rocky cliffs all the way there. It is such a beautiful trip! But we would have had to stop every fifty feet, so I contented myself with remembering, so I could tell you.



When we arrived and unpacked, we decided to walk out and find a nearby beach, as the weather was good, no rain. This was only a ten minute walk from where Chris is house-sitting.


It was so lovely and blue, as the day turned itself towards evening.


Sigh.


My friend, Christine Lowther, Poet Extraordinaire



So beautiful.


Chris's meals are so healthy, beautiful, colorful and delicious.
I came home with Ideas!


On Friday, it rained. A lot. We made the rounds of the village thrift shop, and a couple of galleries full of beautiful West Coast art. Glorious. And then we layered up in rain gear and headed determinedly to the beach. I told Chris she is the only person I know who would take me for a beach walk when there was a gale warning. But she reminded me she lives there and thinks nothing of the rain. And I remembered when I was a resident, and wouldnt even "bother" to don rain gear unless it was a full-sized gale. 


My beloved Wickaninnish







Apparently, when I have a fleecy, a thin jacket and  Halle Hansen rain gear on,
all at the same time, my arms stick out to the sides, like a toddler in a snowsuit. 
And you should have seen Wild Woman in the parking lot, trying to 
struggle into her rain pants - much cackling! But that is a highly contented person, 
in the photo, even if her jacket IS buttoned up wrong!


This morning, before the bus came to carry me away, 
we managed a quick nip 
to another small local beach.


I remember being at this beach when half a dozen eagles
were here, swooping down to eat a certain type of small fish
that was plentiful in the bay that week.No eagles today, though. 


Still-lifes everywhere.


Pup loved dragging kelp around when
he was a puppy.




Right after this shot, I put my camera in its case.
Just then a heron swooped RIGHT over our heads, while I
uttered cries of dismay and fumbled with
my camera case. Apparently, the sound effects
were amusing. I didnt get the shot.

So  off we went to wait for the bus......heart very full with all the loveliness I had seen. Chris observed that aging, at least for me, seems to be rather like an acid trip - I see things that arent there, or things that are  there look like something else entirely, and I walk through the world either bemused with wonder, or totally cracking up at having mistaken a rock for a raccoon. She's not so far off the mark.

It was a lovely time, kids. It will last me till January, when I get to go back - next time, to Tofino!

Thanks, Chris, for a wonderful visit.

And thank you, World, for being so beautiful.

12 comments:

  1. This was so beautiful -it is even beautiful in the rain.

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  2. Nice shot of bullkelp there Sherry. YOU brought up aging! You're right, the world is hilarious and so are we. Great visit.

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  3. How lovely Sherry ~ I envy you for the trip to the beach and nature ~

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend ~

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  4. I loved seeing all of that beauty through your eyes, Sherry. There is something so wonderful about being right there on the beach. I am sure you came home with many memories stored away until next time. Nice photos of you too!!

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  5. I can just imagine how elated you must be, because I'm feeling two feet off the ground just reading this and looking at the pics!

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  6. Awwww...look at you... Wonderful pics Sherry. So glad you got to go and do what you LOVE to do and be where you love to be :)

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  7. It's so lovely there :) happy you got the trip out! You look awesome in the pictures - I love the one of you in the rain gear - your face is very bright and alive YAY :D xx

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  8. Awesome trip! You're a very funny person!

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  9. what beautiful landscape and country...

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  10. Great photos Sherry. Ours is a beautiful world.

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/what-would-the-neighbors-think/

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  11. What wonderful photos and words of explanation. You just treated me to a virtual vacation, and I am grateful!

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