Wow! Two posts in one week?!? Yes - it's true and it must be for a good reason and this surely is.
A few weeks back I was chilling at home with some knitting and Netflix (sometimes I lead a very old lady-like life... and love it!) when I scrolled upon a documentary that I hadn't heard of before called Project Wild Thing. The brief description about a guy declaring himself the "Marketing Director for Nature" caught my attention so I settled in to check it out.
The filmmaker, David Bond, wanted to figure out how to get kids (and their parents!) to detach from the screens and get outside in to nature. Fueled by the fact that his own children were turning in to "glassy-eyed zombies" he seeked out experts in a wide variety of fields searching for creative ways to make nature a bigger draw to children's attention than the screens.
I found this film to be extraordinary, quite funny and made me really think about my own screen addictions. I work at a desk Monday to Friday, own an iPhone and iPad and am plugged in to plenty of social media outlets, watching YouTube's funniest cats or Jimmy Fallon and can be found consistently scrolling through Instragram feeds. There has to be a better balance but it's certainly not as easy as a quick swipe of the screen to make changes in one's life... especially in the winter months of Calgary!
As it turns out the filmmaker/director, David Bond, and producer, Ashley Jones, are in Calgary this week for the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival!! They will be hosting the official Canadian premiere of Project Wild Thing on Saturday, November 22 at the River Park Church Auditorium at 3:25pm with a post-film panel discussion. If you can make it please do - this film really made me think and I truly believe it will change your thoughts on our screen addictions and what they are doing to us - especially the next generation. Otherwise, check it out the trailer below or watch it on Netflix. You will not be disappointed.
I cannot recommend this documentary enough! Whether you have children or not this is worth the watch. Everybody can learn something about themselves and the world of conveniences we now find ourselves in here in the Western world.
On May 6, 2014, the life of an amazing Canadian writer ended. Farley Mowat was six days shy of his 93rd birthday when he passed away but with his scores of books and a seemingly endless array of environmental and social involvement throughout his well lived life it is clear his legacy will carry on for generations.
I had not read any of Farley's books when I was in school growing up so knew very little about him, his writings or environmentalism work. Since the news of his passing I have started to delve further in to Farley's world and I wanted to revisit a documentary I watched about a year ago.
Picked up from the Calgary Public Library the National Film Board film called Finding Farley is just over an hour long and tells the story of a family retracing the literary footsteps of Farley Mowat, starting in Canmore, AB all the way to Arviat, NT... by canoe! . The canoe not only carried the paddling expertise of the husband and wife team but also tagging along was their 2-year old son and the family dog. Amazing story and after watching it again last night I have been reignited by the adventure bug. Time to read more Mowat and get out on the land.
Do you have a favourite Farley Mowat book?
For the May long weekend a lot of people, including myself for a number of years, go camping, cook meat on sticks, drink lots of beers and shoot off fireworks in the late at night celebrating the start of summer. It usually rains or snows (or both) which can dampen the fun when a lot of energy is expended just in effort to keep dry and warm. This year I had a different experience... at this gem in the woods of Blaeberry (about 20 minutes north of Golden, B.C.) called Pioneer Cabin.
This trip was not only to get away for the long weekend but as part of a birthday present for my roomie, Ryan. We kind of tricked him and brought him to the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre for a private photo session with a pair of wolves and their caretakers, Casey and Shelley Black, the operators of the centre. And what an experience it was! These animals are magical and have a wonderful wild presence about them.
Knowing B.C and the oh so common long weekend weather patterns to bring on the rain I made sure to buy some new boots before leaving the city. As it turned out, finding boots that I liked and fit was a more of a task than expected. Apparently, I was too late in the season to have much of a selection - which is ridiculous but so is the fashion industry so I rolled with it... all the way to Gravity Pope and found me some of the best (handmade!) rubber boots I could have ever purchased. These cute Miss Juliette Bottillon boots in Carmen/Red are like wearing form fitting slippers with legit grip on mossy tree stumped trails. Inadvertently ended up wearing them for a nearly 10km walk/hike and had no rubbing spots or discomfort throughout the trek. I wouldn't wear them on any technical trails or for any altitude gain (no ankle support) but for pretty much everything else where puddles can be played in you'll find me with these cuties on.
The hike destination was to find Thompson Falls. Since the road was partially washed out just over a kilometre on the forest service road we ended walking much further than websites describe the trail... and happily so! Stumbled upon an unmarked trailhead not far past the two kilometre marker and figured it would be fun to find out where it went. Oh my - the nature was spectacular. The air was fresh, the trees were towering and the sound of the river was vibrating through the forest. The trail eventually led us to the falls after many stops to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of everything around us. And what a great falls it was!
Finally, a long weekend tucked away in the mountains with a fully equipped kitchen wouldn't be complete unless I cooked up some seriously good grub for my favourite peeps... so that's just what I did!! To top off the kitchen supplies the house owner/builder also has a Weber BBQ on the riverside deck and let's just say I like to dabble in the realm of outdoor cooking especially with a beast like this. I didn't keep track of all that I made (lesson learned for future adventures in cooking) but have some pics below of the goods.
The moral of this story (if there needs to be one?) for me boils down to a few things after these few days to contemplate what is important to me. So here it goes:
1 - get out of the city more often.
2 - unplug from the everyday.
3 - reconnect with nature.
4 - sleep in and eat lots of good food.
5 - read Rumi.
Now for just a few more pictures...