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Published: June 25th 2017
It is always strange to leave one side of the planet, in the southern hemisphere, on a particular date, travel for eighteen hours, and arrive on the other side on the planet, in the northern hemisphere, relatively early in the day on the same date that we departed. It is also still a little shocking every year to adjust to the cooler climate upon arrival. And it is always a delight to rediscover that daylight hours here don't end at 6:30 p.m., but go on long into the evening, delivering the dramatic beautiful prairie sunsets for which my home province, Saskatchewan, whose vehicle license plate reads "Land of the Living Skies", is renowned.
All things come and go, and the Dreamchasers adventures are no exception. Another season of global travel is over. After a few days visiting family on the west coast of Canada, we are now back safely in our Saskatchewan prairie home.
Interestingly, we have begun to think of our stopovers in Canada as just more travel destinations, more adventures. Along with being kept busy with a variety of home maintenance and yardwork projects, volunteer work, and music gigs, the spring and summer seasons feature time spent
enjoying our flock of returning Purple Martins, kayaking on the lake, warm summer nights, lakeside bonfires, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The fall and winter season brings calm waters, crisp air, a kaleidoscope of changing landscape colors, and city energy - with more live music concerts, movies, football games, Thanksgiving and Christmas time with family. And then we are on the move again.
The reality is that we have evolved into full time travellers. It is a lifestyle that has its rewards as well as its sacrifices, as we are both part of many communities, but also, in a way, not fully committed to or belonging anywhere. Perhaps this is a bit like embracing the zen philosophy of nothingness: that "We are everything, and we are nothing." or " You're a part of me. I'm a part of you, and we are all part of thiis great nothingness", and so on.
Or perhaps I have no idea of what I am talking about. That too is a distinct possibility 😊 But I do like this quote by Hugh
"Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It's a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh."
I feel that way about travel. Perhaps it is, like my yoga practice, a moving meditation. Travel is, for me, a quieting of the mind: it sharpens everything, it keeps me in the present moment, it definitely heightens my appreciation of where I am at any given time, and it absolutely keeps life fresh.
And I do know that we live out of backpacks permanently these days, on every return trip clearing out more accumulated possessions that we no longer need. I do know that we are always simplifying, always attempting to appreciate that every day is an adventure to be cherished, and that we always try to share little kindnesses and smiles along the way, regardless of what side of the globe we happen to be on. And I do know that we are continously learning, enjoying the moments, chasing dreams, and forever trying - in all the little things - to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Thank you for
your continued interest in our adventures.
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