If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit Hawaii’s Kauai, you’ll know where I’m coming from in this post.
When I first arrived in Kauai, all I could do was look UP.
Towering tropical forests higher than nearly the eye could comprehend as real, layered with veils upon veils of rambling vines would wrap garland-style around you wherever you went. I always found the journey outweighed the magnificence of the island MUCH more than the destination!
I’d love to go back. When there is NO traffic please… if I won the biggest lottery in the land, part of the proceeds would be to move there and build my own private highway for myself, friends, family and locals only. Problem solved. Sign up as a friend at www…..
However until then… I’ve found a secondary fix that is much more local (and affordable) to me, that I greet each bike ride with a big jubilant, “Hi Kauai, I’m back!”
I’ll show you my secret place in a moment… first up, let’s do a little pretending.
Fall has hit the beautiful bike trails of the Vedder Rotary Trail in Chilliwack, BC Canada. While there’s still lots of fall to come, the wildflowers have morphed into cornfields.
Oh… I haven’t shown you my wildflowers shoot! I’ll share that soon.
I love how nature just swaps out one magnificent thing for another.
Sometimes I think I should change the name of this blog. I do love my funky junk! However life is so much more than about just one subject.
When you are fortunate enough to live in such close proximity to trails as these, it’s just so hard not to share.
As most of you know, I didn’t go anywhere this summer, as in jump-in-a-plane-like. It hard sitting still when cabin fever and wanderlust hit.
That’s where these bike ride adventures SAVE me. Daily. Much like watching a TV show or reading an entrancing book, I can mindfully morph myself to believe I’m anywhere when I hit these trails.
Perhaps today I live in a rustic log cabin along the wetlands infused riverbank, where I get a live daily performance of Canadian geese synchronize swimming.
Do you like my winding driveway? I never rake these gorgeous leaves by the way.
As I push aside the buffalo checked curtains from my panoramic log window frame view, I note my horse friends aren’t in view. Where did they go today?
But not long ago, instead of focusing on the workout factor of the ride, I took a slow coast through the trails instead. And was astounded at what I had been missing at high speed all this time.
It was right before golden hour, when the sun was super selective. As I wound around this part of the path, I came into this little corner infused with the most PERFECT light… and foliage.
And am I ever glad I slowed down. I was right back in the likes of Kauai all over again. Right in my own back yard.
Welcome to what I deem BC’s Kauai. This small strip of forest trail is absolutely magnificent!
This area comes alive when the evening sunbeams hit. It’s like a little piece of the magical forest of Avatar. Some of the greens turn neon. Some of the leaves spring on fire. It’s breathtaking.
At times I do take this spot for granted. But not usually. I don’t know what it is about forest or jungle or rambling vine life, but it suctions me back daily. I just can’t stay away.
Sometimes I wonder, if this were really my back yard, would I be so spoiled I wouldn’t even bother hopping on a bike to see more? Maybe it IS better I live just outside the forest.
My junk decorating and sign making may be big passions of mine, however these local bike rides filled with Disney features certainly do take me on magical vacations and new homes in far off lands in minutes for absolutely free.
Wait… what pretending?
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