We went through Mill Creek Ravine again, but there’s a huge difference: it’s green! Take a look.
And here’s a squirrel. Can you find it? Let me know in the comments if you can.
This morning, my wife and I went for a walk in Mill Creek Ravine. It’s definitely spring now. Green leaves and butterflies are only a couple things that are coming out.
One of these days, we’re going to walk the entire length of the ravine, all the way to the North Saskatchewan River.
Has spring sprung (or autumn fallen) where you are?
Reading fantasy, I find that my mind paints a picture of what the world looks like. There tend to be a lot of forests. And mountains. And caves. Sometimes there are grasslands and deserts, but mostly forests.
Looking around at the real world, I sometimes imagine what places are most like a fantasy setting. Here in Japan, you can find pockets of wilderness in the city that provide you with bamboo groves or valleys with small streams and tall trees. But when I think about fantasy, one place stands out. It’s in Canada. On Vancouver Island, there’s a place called Cathedral Grove. It has these massive trees in a temperate rain forest, and it’s a place you could imagine mythical being live and hunt in.
What places do you think could fit into a fantasy story?
I live in the world’s largest metropolitan area, the Greater Tokyo area with a population of around 36 million people. I’m near the southwestern part of it, but nearly everything around me city. There are farms not far from here, but they’re crisscrossed by roads, houses here and there, and never far from a convenience store. Last week, I went hiking in Kamakura. Occasionally, I saw houses and buildings from high up on the hiking trail, but I felt more secluded than I’d felt in a very long time. I know a part of the trail (that we didn’t go on) that is completely closed off from the rest of the city. No sounds, no sign of civilisation. It’s in a forested valley with a small stream and absolutely peaceful. Kind of like this viral video.
Nice, huh? I want to go to the real countryside and go walking in a real forest that’s actually not surrounded by a great metropolis. And there, I want to walk around, look at the trees, listen to the sounds of the birds, and have a nice relaxing time. That’s where I want to be right now.
Where do you want to be?