Going Back in Time
Temperatures dropped to about 12°C, but that was okay for three families as we took to morning trekking around a unique body of water called Crawford Lake. It is a very deep lake at 22 metres, cone-shaped at the bottom, with no oxygen at its base. Corn pollen was found down there indicating the civilization of the Wendat (Hurons) lived nearby hundreds of years ago. You have to check out the trees.
There is also a reconstructed village of longhouses where you can go inside and hear an interpreter describe and display the wares of the days gone by. Very inspiring are the tools, footwear and cooking facilities of that more simple time ~1400 CE. Moose, deer and beaver pelts line the ledges—their beds.
“I think we all need to get closer to the lifestyle of these indigenous people,” I mentioned to the group, who had all started growing plentiful gardens this spring, for the first time, in their suburban backyards. The interpreter let us know that the diet of these native folks was mostly vegetarian. Corn, beans and squash are known as The Three Sisters, something the First Nations of this area thrived on.
The evening exposed me to a more sophisticated setting, a mansion north of Toronto, where a large scale Janmasthami—Krishna’s birth celebration—was held. Hundreds of people were accommodated. I like these programs, lots of fun, only the feasting runs too late as in most of these types of events. I am grateful to be part of community programs where the Supreme is the focal point. Thanks to the dedicated Batra family.
It was a good day and it lasted a long time.
May the Source be with you!