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Soothing the Soul

Monday, December 17, 2018

Long time since I did a blog! I moved to Sechelt in the spring. It's a rapidly growing community north of Vancouver on the coast, only reachable by ferry. We got a dog, who I walk everyday in the woods.

The area gets very dry to the point of drought in the summer, but the rains come with the fall and stay all winter. I recently discovered, or rather rediscovered, a soul-soothing activity on our winter walks.

The trails I walk all require boots in the winter, as they develop mud holes, huge puddles, mini swamps and streams running down the trails. While ostensibly trying to drain a large puddle on the trail, I finally told myself to quit trying to pretend I was doing anything but playing in the water!

I always loved playing in running water when I was a kid, damming up the streams and breaking down the dams again to watch the water flood out. As an adult I still find it incredibly fascinating to unblock the streams and follow the flood downhill. I lose track of time, but fortunately my dog Chilco runs around getting exercise, or assists me by digging in the mud or trying to steal any stick I might be using.

I'm trying to get over my embarrassment of playing in the water, because I think for me it's an incredibly stress relieving activity. Fortunately I very rarely meet anyone else on the trails and Chilco doesn't judge!
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