There is no escaping reality but taking a walk in nature is maybe just what you need. Appreciating the outdoors is one of our most simple pleasures and with little time left before the snow falls I grabbed my camera and set for Kananaskis Country.
Although Calgary has many parks that I love to explore, today was a day to venture out of the city. I needed an opportunity to recharge and being a virgo, or just plain human, a little trail blazing was definiately what I needed.
My co-pilot Kris was in charge of the wheel and I the map. We were both enjoying our day off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life so we left the city a little late. This meant we would have to go on a day trail.
|One thing I have learned over the past couple of years is that things won't always go as planned and that is completely okay. The most valuable lesson tantra has taught me is that you need to relax in every moment and every situation. Once you relax you can begin to live your life.|
As you deepen into the foothills the day seems to fly by. The lighting goes from warm and dreamy to non existent in quite a hurry. So we found a trail called the Fullerton Loop. It's not a difficult trail but it has excellent views and enough of an incline that you don't feel like a total prairie dweller.
We spent the afternoon enjoying the autumn air that was filled with the smell of changing leaves and reincarnation of flora. The contrast of the firs and pines to the golden birch leaves was lucid and untangible. It was hard to not be in awe while looking in any direction.
The path, being a loop, came around making a climatic mid-point where you overlook the valley and see the Elbow River winding its way through the foothills. The one other thing I noticed was that it was an excellent biking trail. So if you want to enjoy an intermediate biking trail this would be an excellent ride.
We took a bit of a moment near the end to have a peaceful meditation. The air has started to cool off and everything around us started to quiet. Even the rustle of leaves started to mellow and dark clouds started forming in the west looming their way slowly over. It was a nice moment to just close our eyes and enjoy the last few moments of sunlight and fresh mountain air.
Finishing the trail was cleansing as we walked passed the clear flowing river. I am always so grateful for how beautifully crystal our mountain water runs. We can never take these things for granted. Especially since you can still see some of the remanence of the 2013 flood.
After experiencing such a wonderful day in Kananaskis I am happy to be home. Feeling more appreciation for everything around me. All the little things that clouded my mind have blown away and now I am left with a sense of peace. However mother nature has different plans for tonight, as the winds and clouds had promised in the mountains a storm has rolled into Calgary with the expectation of snow. So if anyone is looking for me... I'm comfy and cozy right at home!
. Ayla . @missaylanova .