The one thing I do miss, though, is the vast expanses of water. I used to go to Jericho Beach and just sit there, either reading or watching the waves. Sometimes I’d just sit and stare at the mountains in the distance and think about things. I looked for a good picture that would kind of capture my favourite view of Jericho Beach, and the above photo is as close as I got. This one is looking towards North Vancouver, while my favourite vantage point looks out at West Vancouver and out towards Horseshoe Bay. But it’s beautiful either way. My other favourite spot was down by the Academy, in the parking lot of the Marine Museum. I could get out, walk to the shoreline and see an incredible panorama of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, with Grouse Mountain in the background.
I miss it sometimes.
It’s almost 6 am on Sunday morning and I’m still awake. I tried to go to bed awhile ago, but I couldn’t sleep. A certain problem kept popping up and cycling through my head. So I got up. And I went for a drive. At 5 am. I ended up by the river. And I got out of my truck and sat on the riverbank, listening to the sounds of the birds and watching the river flow. It was peaceful and calming.
That’s probably the reason God gave us nature. It restores our sanity and gives us a sense of peace.
And I think my little morning ‘nature hike’ did the trick. I’m all of a sudden feeling very sleepy…