Hidden Valley Park, Burlington
There are these hidden treasures
that commuters on major highways are unaware of, as their routine command, they
remain on routes of monotony. I’m referring to those tucked away pieces of
paradise; waterways that cut through the terrain to reach their final
destination, after a twisty journey, to massive Lake Ontario.
Myself and our group of Bhakti
Academy met in Burlington, population 206,000, with Jagannatha Misra, president
of ISKCON in that city, and then made our way to Hidden Valley Park along
Grindstone Creek for our outing for the day. Five minutes of walking into that
wooded area and we met a young man working for the parks system who was trying
to get some blueprints to behave in the tossing breeze.
“Do you need some help holding
those down?” I asked.
“No thanks”, said the smiling
“Are you doing some work on the
creek?” indicating that the city may be using some tax dollars to protect our
green and natural spaces. Personally, I always feel protected when I see
governments use some finance for this cause.
“Yes,” replied the worker. “We
are endeavoring to check erosion and that sort of thing.”
“Good luck! Hare Krishna!”
As we moved further on, we felt
the creek’s presence until we came to a lengthy boardwalk, which allowed nature
lovers to transcend the swamps. The trip was all so fine. It is easy to reflect
on Krishna in such sublime surroundings. We were soaking up all such great
features of nature and also connecting with people (trail blazing freaks) who
are just like us.
May the Source be with you!