At risk of not offending too many of you, I think I’m like a lot of people when it comes to exercise - well intentioned, but a bit lazy. I know I need to exercise, but it always seems like there’s something else that I need to get done first, and then I run out of time… sound familiar??
Last week, however, I got an email about a worldwide 5K walk. It was being organized by a group of bloggers and they were putting out the challenge to the rest of the blogging community to join in. Well, how could I refuse? It seemed like a win-win, because one of the categories that I blog about in Everything Sunshine Coast is my favourite places to go walking.
Kinnikinnick Park in Sechelt was on my list for this week. The park has a large 3K loop with several smaller intersecting loops. I did the math and it seemed easiest just to do the big loop twice. It was a bit of a push, but hey… I’m on a mission – what’s an exta K?
The park is really one of my favourite places to go walking, and that’s what today’s blog is all about. When the trails were first created they worked hard to leave the park in a very natural state. I think they succeeded.
Ten years later, you can see the forest reclaiming its territory. Verdant green moss covers fallen logs. Little shoots of new vegetative growth poke through the moss. Tall conifers, 10 feet or more in circumference, stretch upwards toward the sky, while the massive stumps of trees from a bygone past stand silently to remind us all of what this forest once was.
As I walked through the park, passing over several conveniently placed footbridges, the sun shone through the trees, dappling the trail with patches of light and everything was as it should be. Life is good on the Sunshine Coast.
I invite youy now to go back and look at the images one more time, and try to visualize my walk.
Thanks to all of the folks at Automattic for your inspiration in preparing this blog. I hope that I’ve inspired you to consider a visit to the Sunshine Coast or maybe you’ll forward this to someone else. The Sunshine Coast is only a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver and if you come, I promise to share a few more of my other favourite actvities.
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