Jamie Cashin (jamie@HAGAR.UDC.NEWEAST.CA)
Mon, 12 Sep 1994 09:53:02 -0230
Well I don't know if this is related to scouting specifically, but it
is related to my experiences with scouting and being in the woods in
general, so I thought I'd share it with the net.
I did my Woodbadge Part II at a site near St. Joseph's Campsite last
spring. Very recently, like last week I moved from the heart of
downtown St. John's (pop 100K) to a huge house on the end of a dirt
road which turn out to be only 4 kM (~2.5 miles) from the site of
my Wood Badge II. I am a lucky man!
It's so peaceful in my new place! It's only a 13 kM (8 miles) drive
to work. I no longer have to listen to cars speeding by all night.
I no longer have to listen to snowclearing equipment everynight in
the winter. I no longer have to worry where I parked my car (My old
car was vandalized 3 times at my old place.) I no longer have to
listen to drunks leaving the pool hall at 2 AM yelling and screaming
goodnight at each other (for some reason, most of the people leaving
the pool hall at 2 AM cannot say goodbye inside, they have to yell it
at each other as they head to their cabs). I no longer have to listen
to those cabs honking at the pool hall all night. All I hear now is
the sounds of the woods. My old place had no yard, it was the third
floor of an apartment building. It was big, but the new place is
bigger. I now have a huge back yard with enough space to hold a mini
jamboree! I am surrounded by trees, hiking and biking trails, farmland
and ponds. I now have hundreds of mountain bike trails literally
going right up to my back door, which is great for me being a mountain
But this weekend I found the best part about my new place. Five years
ago I moved to the city from the West coast of the island.. a little
more wooded and peaceful coast for me as I had my cottage about 20 kM
(15 Miles) away and it was my sanctuary. It was where I went on the
weekends to forget about work or school, and to take a friend or
friends so they could do the same. When I moved here, I didn't have
that any more. I had lost my sanctuary. I used to go there on the
weekends just to hear the birds, see the loons and ducks in the early
morning. Even the bats were entertaining as they swooped the cool
morning mist in search of breakfast!
Now I have it back. Just a few minutes bike ride or a 20 minute walk
from my new place is one of the most peaceful places on earth. I went
there this weekend to show a friend the place.. I had almost forgotten
just how beautiful it was. I guess I never figured it would be this
accessable to me. I sat on the ponds edge and took it all in, then I
waded in the crystal clear water for a while. Even hear in semi pure
Newfoundland, I haven't seen water this clear in a long time. I also
noticed you can't hear any cars, trucks or boats. All you hear is the
sound of dragonflies along the pond edge. The breeze in the trees.
You have to feel the coolness of the water swishing between your toes;
what a feeling. This is a small pond.. so small no one's bothered to
develop/ruin it for cabins.. there's one or two seldom used woods roads
leading up to it. No one ever seems to be there... it's so peaceful.
I can't wait to take my scouts there this fall. If one of them is
moved half as much as I am by the sheer beauty and serenity of the place,
it was worth the trip.
I can't wait till this weekend.. fall is coming soon and the leaves should
soon start to turn.. I look forward to riding up there again this weekend,
only this time I think I'll take a sleeping bag!
"Be excellent to each other" Bill and Ted
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City