Thursday, August 6th, 2015
The Kid In You
It was a real pleasant surprise when someone pointed out to Toshan and I the tucked away, hidden trail to the river. I've been coming to this suburb of
for years for
regular visits. On each visit I avoid the Vancouver
on my walks because there is just too many big highways, roadways, and
industrial parks obstructing the way before you get to the riverside. Fraser River
Toshan is my good friend who accompanied me during the discovery of this walkway. When we were both in our younger years we had travelled as brahmacari monks throughout
, much like the Mormons when they are
on their two year mission. We went through a host of adventures together,
including getting stuck in a fire on the third floor of a hotel! You can say we
go way back. I stayed on in the celibate role and took sannyasa. He has
been married twice since those early days and has also established himself in a
career with the national forces. (I say this because sometimes people wonder
what happens to those who play the monk's role for a while). Ontario
There isn't a name to the trail that we could see. (Lack of signage I guess). Clearly there is one lane and in some stretches a paved way. It's like the best kept secret. It follows a creek for a distance and is also edged by black-berry bushes in spots. It's secluded and it also runs along the backside of a few warehouses. It's just under 2 km long.
This new passge-way made my heart leap for joy. I always wanted access to the Fraser without hindrance. Well, the truth is that one obstruction is
Other than that we are scott-free. You know, sometimes doing these walks in the
exploratory mode brings out the kid in you.
Most important is that here I have a new venue for japa meditation. Others can benefit as well. I'll point out the location gladly.