I was lucky to have my friends Elaine and Isabel visit me this past week. I saw many sites close to where I live that were as new to me as they were to them. We began with a weekend trip to the top of the Island to take the ferry to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. There we absorbed a lot of history, saw lovely Kwakwaka'wakw art, and spent time with friendly people and gorgeous scenery, topped off with a service at a 19th century church.
Then we headed to the southern end of the Island to Victoria. We absorbed more history at the Royal BC Museum, got sore legs climbing the stairs of the Craigdarrach Castle, and had a wonderful day at the world renowned Butchart Gardens.
I think I learned a lesson about looking around me a little more closely rather than just dreaming about faraway places. I once spent a year living an hour's drive from Niagara Falls and never made it there. I kept saying to myself I'll go next week, or next month. Then suddenly it's too late—I'd missed it. Do you visit the historical sites in your neighbourhood, and stop and enjoy the surroundings from your own back door? I think I've decided it's time, like an old retired horse, to take off my blinkers and enjoy the view.