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So Long, Farewell

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During the past few days, I had so much fun biking with my “Giant” bike to enjoy the beautiful blooming cheery blossom around town.

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But today I am so so sad because my precious “Giant” went missing; and I am grieving.

Having heard that my beloved bike was gone, a friend penned the following poem to console me.

She wrote: I borrowed a couple of poems on line and revised them in order to make it appropriate for your current calamitous circumstances.

POEM OF CONSOLATION FOR THE LOSS OF GIANT

I will lend to you for awhile

A riding companion –

a foldable bike, God said,

For you to love her while she’s with you

and to mourn for her when she is gone.

Maybe for five or ten years,

or maybe for two or three.

But will you, till I call her back

take care of her for me?

She will bring her charms to gladden you

She will accompany you

To see beautiful places,

And should her stay be brief

you’ll always have her memories

as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise that she will stay,

since all from earth return.

Memories of your riding companion

Will take you back to happy sunlit days

These precious moments

Will be with you always.

These fond recollections

Will be treasured in your heart.

“When tomorrow starts without me

Don’t think we are far apart

For every time you think of me

I’m right here inside your heart.”

So long, farewell, Giant!

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Abundance

Abundance is richness, fullness and plentiful…

Another great day to enjoy the abundance of snow that God has sprinkled onto the mountains!

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Fresh white mountaintop

Ethereal and inviting

Adventure awaits

Soft powdery snow

Great cardio exercise

Ascending the trail

Pristine wonderland

Rolling ridge under blue sky

Overwhelming sight

Playful and thankful

Gasping at God’s handiwork

Breathless scenery

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Sacred Space

After being cooped up in the house for a while due to minor surgery, I couldn’t wait to step outside into the sunlight and breathe some fresh air!

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Up the mountain I come, and trample onto the pearly white path;

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and to have my tingling pain from surgery, soothed by the cool mountain breeze.

I rejoice immersing in this alluring sacred space…

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listening quietly to the sound of nature, and be in silence communion with the Creator of this natural beauty.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from Him.
(Psalm 62:5 NRSV)

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Mountain Chasing

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I have an incredible time doing mountain chasing these few months; Driving up to the higher elevations or taking a hike up a trail to see the magnificent mountain view is most satisfying. 

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The beautiful Joffre Lake in Pamberton is one such appealing place to which I have been to several times in this season alone.

Soaking in the pristine glacier lake  is pure awe-some , it points us heavenward.

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Well of Living Water

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I get excited when I visit a fall; Often times, I wish I could swim around it or go under the falling water and simply get drenched.  But the waterfall I usually encountered is from the mountain glacier; it is freezing cold, rapid, and hard to reach.  

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Since I couldn’t swim in it, I would just pose a picture with the gushing waterfall as a backdrop. 

Longing to be by the waterfall, creates a thirst in my soul,  for the Living God  who is the Well of Living Water.

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I enjoy being at Cedar Springs retreat center in Sumas, Washington.

It is a beautiful and inviting place; a home away from home that helps me to have a time of rest, reflection and rejoicing in the Lord!

The area is enfolded with peace-filled pray-ground and play-ground for those who want to find space with God for personal soul care.

Cast your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7)

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Ferry Ride

Enjoying a ferry ride on the calm water surrounded by greenish mountain ranges, and blue sky decorated with drifting clouds.

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The Lord anchors me!

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Sitting by the dazzling waterfalls and listening to the thunderous sound of crashing water is a delightful experience. 

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Having the mist sprayed gently on the face by the breezy wind over the icy water is cooling; and it’s like being blessed in an air-conditioner room on a sizzling hot day.

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This  outdoor ambiance of lush green trees, fresh air and bright sunshine by this idyllic waterfall is soul refreshing!

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https://hikeinwhistler.com/index.php/best/best-whistler-waterfalls/359-train-wreck-falls

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Someone who was an outdoor educator along sea to sky corridor suggested me to check out Petgill Lake hike; since a few of us haven’t heard of this place, we went to explore it.

To get to the trail head, we had to cautiously walk across the busy sea to sky highway and looked for an old wooden sign, which is hidden among the congested bushes, with the word “Petgill Lake”.

This trail has several geographical features that switches from boulder climbing, to shaded forested uphill, then open space old logging road, and back to wooded area. It also has several look-out points of the idyllic Howe Sound.

After 3 hours of tracing through the moderate trail, Petgill Lake finally came to view.  It was not that spectacular but it was serene and the air is so clean.  While we were about to lunch by the boulder overlooking the calm water on this misty late afternoon, the rain cloud came rolling in; and we decided it was best to pack and head back before getting drenched.

Thinking of having to trek the arduous steep trail back to the parking lot wasn’t too thrilling.  Instead, thinking of revisit the gorgeous viewpoints motivated our dragging feet to stride faster down the slope.

When I retrieved the message on what my friend wrote on the hike recommendation, I was like what?? “… There’s a hike up to Petgill lake that joins up with the gondola so you could then take the gondola down.”

Sign! If only I had finished the sentence to the end that the gondola station isn’t that far away ’round the trail!

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Nonetheless, Petgill Lake is one enjoyable hikes that was less crowed and our group appreciated being out in the wilderness to ourselves.

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The viewpoints of Howe Sound from the cliff is incredibly aesthetic with beautiful jade water, stunning fjord valley, green trees, blue mountains, white velvet clouds dancing in the baby blue sky… every view is breathtakingly beautiful!

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Blessed be Your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship You.” (Nehemiah 9:5b-6)

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/petgill-lake/

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