Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Why... Why...Why?

"Why would you ever want to do a canoe trip like that?"

To anyone that has experienced the many things Algonquin has to offer this may seem like a strange question....or at least I thought so, when asked recently. The funny thing is it wasn't the first time I have been asked this and I am sure it won't be the last either. As Gerry and I can attest, once you have been exposure to the natural beauty that the park has to offer there is no escaping its lure, but trying to explain that to someone that hasn't... is almost impossible. Since the main reason why I love our trips is based on the feelings they evoke, I am at a complete loss to explain all of that to anyone hasn't done it. So I have a simple way of answering...

Some people really "get" canoe tripping and some really don't. For my part I am glad both Gerry and I do.

Albert Einstein, although not talking about canoe tripping, sums it all up quite well...

"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Albert Einstein, 1954

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