Connecting The Dots

Discussing the threads of my own passions which have culminated in my work as coach, mentor, presenter in my own business.

Time flies

Mary Johnson - Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Ah some reliable Wifi I don't have to hike somewhere to use! One of those things you take for granted at home .......

Now what started out as a long time is now feeling very short! We have closed the Maritime loop and are now winding our way back to Alberta. Let me just say, if you haven't taken the time to check out any of the Maritime provinces - Do! They offer so much in terms of new landscapes, hospitality, delightful food and an easy going way of looking at life. There is a history here that we didn't really know much about before we went. It was so interesting to connect new dots all the way through the three provinces and how what happened there has influenced the shape of our country. 

 After my last blog we made our way down to Fundy National Park. Now is that something! The amount of water in 1 days tides at the Bay of Fundy are equal to 1 year and 9 months worth of water over Niagara Falls. Seriously! That's some amount of water. We got to see the Hopewell Rocks and walk the sea floor. The guide from the park was amazing! The almost 2 hours walk about flew by! All included in the $8.00 price of admission. As I like to say, our tax dollars at work for a most worthy experience! Saint John, N.B., is a city stepped in history and cool street scapes. It had a wonderful vibe and is on the list of 'come back to's'. 

I can't even say enough about Quebec City!! Honestly what a beautiful place and just how much fun were the many patios and funky shops. The city is of course chock a block full of history too. The stuff we took at school and promptly forgot about. How wonderful to have it recalled in the place where things happened. Quebec City too is where virtually all my grandparents landed. What a sight it must have been with the old ramparts up on the rocks and the old town down front. It too would be grand to come back and spend more time soaking up the ambience!

We continue to enjoy each others company, make allowances for each other's foibles and appreciate what each of us brings to this journey. This continues to be one of the greatest delights. We have been shaking our individual and collective heads that towards the end of next week we will be home. The journey talked about and planned for years all over. The mental breaks are being applied and there's a glass of wine calling to savour all of this!


 

Layers of rhythms

Mary Johnson - Sunday, September 02, 2018

Week two of our cross Canada sojourn under our belt. We 'broke through' to New Brunswick today**. Our ultimate destination reached! Other than my husband who has travelled this land, no one had any idea how big Ontario is. Wow! And the rock. Rock as far as the eye can see. Ancient mountains worn down with time. The mighty forrest we saw grows on a very thin layer of dirt made over millions of years. Lake Superior blew us away. It's like an ocean! Our capital city Ottawa was amazing. We had too little time there. I wasn't thinking I wasn't fussed to tour the Centre Block of our Parliament. Wrong! It was quite something to see. The parliamentary library blew me away. The books and documents in there, if stacked, would be more than twice the height of Everest. Seriously! The wood carvings, the light, shape and ornateness were stunning. Turns out after this year the Centre Block will be closed for needed updating and renos. It will reopen in 10 - 15 years. If I hadn't of said yes to lining up for tickets likely would never have seen! How fortunate am I! 

All this said none is more interesting than 6 individuals, 3 couples - all very different traveling together and finding our groove. 2 who are happy to go along with whatever is shaking out! Then 2 who are really uplifting and don't let the wear and tear of the days or anything get then down. 2 who are planners and organizers of the high level schedule and stopping spots. These 2 are a bit more anal by nature. (I'll let you decide where I fit!! :))

We switched up the schedule a little yesterday and landed early in the farming country outside Quebec City. As we kicked back after 14 days travel and the road weariness began to fall away, the conversation came around to how things are going and how we are all doing. Turns out quite well! That's not to say we all haven't had our days of testiness. Of not wanting to get back into the saddle for another few hundred kilometres. But our long standing friendships and deep caring for each other means we can dance around each other's moments knowing this is just that - a moment and not who the person is. 

Pretty special wouldn't you say?!

** This was written a couple of days ago. We are in a National Park and WiFi is 12 kms away.