Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Outing at Owen
Two families and I made the two hour trip to
another outing. There we met the three generational Hanna clan and two
generational Kaliyavadiya clan. Just outside Owen Sound is a small hamlet called
Springmount. On the way you pass by one of the last of Owen Sound Canada’s drive-in movies which were popular in
the fifties and sixties and then arrive at a park at Jones
Falls, one of numerous waterfalls
found on the Niagara escarpment. The temperature
just wasn’t strong enough to justify a swim today. We settled for a walk on the
which has offshoot trails
indicated by the paint strip found on the bark of trees. One colour was red,
the other was white. We were captivated by some twisty and windy cedar trees as
well as some ancient maple growth. Bruce Trail
I failed to mention our Nepalese companion, Suman, who heard that mushrooms were in abundance. He came prepared with his sizeable canvass bag meant for foraging for four different kinds of mushrooms.
“What are you going to do with this?” I asked as he made good with the harvest.
Cook it and eat it,” he said plainly. The man was in ecstasy and upon discovering a mushroom would make this unique form of a howl, something that kind of comes along with the territory when you’re trekking through the woods. Alex also had a knack for howling, which was okay because he was taking the lead and he would help us stay on track.
We capped off our day, much after the walk was finished, with a chant converging in one home. We handed our honourary flower garland to Samantha, a local yoga teacher from the area. She’s in love with kirtan and plays a role in networking with others in kirtan admitting that it is the ultimate yoga practice.
The meal that followed was prepared by Alka and it was to die for. Of course, it was animal free but also gluten free. We found the dishes scrumptious. Our program was dedicated to young Priyam who, in four days, will set off to university for his first year. Congratulations!
May the Source be with you!