the past couple of days have been wonderfully relaxing.....well ok...in the most part....i seem to have geared up my hiking legs to the point where I just keep going and going and going.....it was a long day yesterday.....an awesome sunrise, and then a walk to Bondi Junction, catch the train, miss my stop, back track a little, and then off at Circular Quay. Took a ferry across the harbour to Manly, and wandered there and out and around the North Head of Sydney National Park for several hours. Stopped in to visit the Ocean Aquarium, and their displays including Grey Nurse Sharks. A ferry risde back and some shopping along the way home. Something to eat and a hot shower and falling in a deep sleep again.
As I was sitting on the beach wall at Manly, I was eating my luch. The gulls have become rather aggressive in a couple of places during mty trip but this one really takes the cake. I was eating a great fish/seafood and chips and had taken a bite out of a piece of calamari, and was holding the remaining in my hand as I chewed the first piece. Out of nowhere, a gull plucked it neatly from my fingers as they swooped by and got their meal.....wow....startled me and then I laughed.....no one can sit with food in their hand for long....fair game I guess!!!!
And then there was a couple of little kids that stripped down naked and went to play in the surf. Unadulterated and pure fun.....they were jumping and squealing and having so much fun....I could feel their joy!
I have said of the recent past that I lived a wonderful dream with my past life and that is certainly was (and that I will try and live a few more). There have been so many horse stories to relate to the people that I have met on this trip about the fun that we all had raising horses and the family on the farm - and the hard work too. That was one dream, and I have now taken a new dream and made it reality now as well. I cannot think of a better way to have celebrated my entry in5to the second 1/2 century. it has been totally amazing.
But an interesting point.....one thing that I did not expect from this trip. And that was that we spend a lot of time and energy getting to places to enjoy them. The fundamentals of eternal happiness would suggest that if we spent less time looking and seeking happiness, and more time just enjoying our various moments, we might realize we already have it. To seek is to be unhappy with the present - stop seeking and be happy with the present. And specifically, this in relevant to destinations for travel and relaxation. We have some of the best backcountry hiking in the world in Kananaskis and neighbouring environs. And so many other choices that we seem to spend a blind eye to. I come halfway around the world to marvel at truely marvelous sights and scenes. I might remember in the future that the choice is also there for me to marvel at the sights and scenes we have at home - other people travel half way around the world to see my home, maybe I can spend a little time truely enjoying that as well.
what a wonderful experience this trip has been. Emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, and physically, a very very full trip indeed. Well, one more day.....I am going to visit the botanical gardens and do some other city stufff. Cheers! Think about it, dream about it, and then do it!