Today was the first time in 11 days that I physically felt capable of actually being outside doing something active. I'm not quite ready for an all out fun-filled day of go-go-go but I could handle a slow, short walk. I could not let the year end without being filled with what is good for my heart and soul. A favourite place of mine is Elbow Falls! It's so close but yet so far from the city! Today was my first time visiting there at this time of year. What a feast for the eyes! It looked frosty cold and sounded raging yet I felt at home by the river surrounded by the mountains.
Not only are water and mountains good for my soul but how about sunshine and Belgian hot chocolate. The original plan was for a tea-time today but I thought the Belgian hot chocolate mixed with a peppermint stir stick would be more heart-warming. The sunshine was appreciated considering the temperature was -21 Celsius.
Instead of strolling the path through the trees alongside the picnic benches, I took the trail less travelled which was along the rocks on the rivers-edge. I could hear the water running under the ice and hear the ice crackling. Nature creates such pretty sights! When you look for beauty it is amazing what you can find!
After two hours of strolling, reflecting, taking photos and just plain enjoying I thought it time to head back to the city. I felt healed and fulfilled and besides that, snow started to fall and the wind picked up.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day in the foothills. It was a great way to say good-bye to 2009 and to contemplate what I would like the new year ahead to look like for me! Hello 2010!
Happy New Year!