The Hunt

No matter what you write, you actually can’t help retelling a fairy tale somewhere along the way.” – Catheryanne M. Valente

There is still a scent of jasmine and mint in the air and I’ve just slipped into my writerly space at Veranda Café. After a local walk to drop off the recyclables at various stores and venues, it’s nice to find myself with a hot drink on the table, notebook in hand. Our city neighbourhood is also lucky to have other spaces harbouring second-hand books for sale and I’m often on the hunt for vintage volumes (some with passages underlined), new British design magazines (what a luxury for only 25 cents each) as well as recent bestsellers. Today is a good day, a 2018 soft cover is tucked into my tote, to be read when darkness falls.

The hunt informs our lives on almost every level – we wake up to natural light leaking into our rooms or by the shrill ringing of the alarm clock, hunting for that first bracing cup of coffee or soothing mug of tea. Depending on whether we’re off to work hunting for a timely bus or creating a list for the shops we have to visit, in between, we’ll be on the hunt for that one item or piece of music endowing us with the power to change our mood, if not our day – sometimes we hope it might even change our lives.

Today finds me on the hunt for the sun and I’ve walked through the green lushness of the park to sit underneath filtered light, a golden chai tea steaming on the outdoor table at the Urban Forest Café. My favourite trail awaits, I walked it not long ago but the weeks have been flying by and I’ve missed its shelter from the hustle and bustle of our West End summer.

The sky above the towering cedars is filled with the whisper of clouds huddled against the pretty blue we haven’t seen for days, although most people are thankful that the smoky skies of last year haven’t yet made an appearance. As my pen scratches away, tourists ebb and flow around me, on the hunt for hot food and tickets to ride the train through the cool forest. For the moment, hunger for the hunt has abated until a rather large raccoon travels by the café, a truer member of the hunt than I, bridging two worlds, reminding me for a moment of who I truly am, a sister of the wild.

The beavers that reside at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.) have created this beautiful lush landscape over the years!

A stunning capture of the lovely Dogwood trees to be found in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

There’s that pretty blue sky glowing above the bullrushes at the edge of Lost Lagoon!


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I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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28 Responses to The Hunt

  1. Lovely to see the sun’s come out again and I love how the racoon creates a bridge between two worlds 🙂🐾💖🐾 xxx

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  2. markmkane says:

    Loved the pictures Kimberlee. I liked how you made me think of the word “hunt” in those terms that you used. I never really thought that we are all hunting for something every single day. That serene atmosphere you described while at the park really does make a good spot for writing. Your posts truly takes me on a journey while I’m sitting at my desk. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Shirley Ross says:

    Could smell all, I am a person of scents. Flowers, bark, chai tea, all on my favorite list of scents. The sun is beautiful today, and like you am on a hunt for a special item. Enjoy the park, love you as always,

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  4. The lack of smoky skies is a blessing this summer, Kim. I would love to be sitting in the shade, drinking a hot chai, and browsing a new/old book. Sounds wonderful. Perhaps I’ll take the time for just that tomorrow. ❤

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  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    You always have a knack for painting such vivid images with your descriptions, so much that I felt like I was sipping chai with you, surrounded by the lush greenery. I hope you enjoyed your hunt 🙂

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  6. ugetse says:

    Maybe it is better not to find. What one cannot find seems a thousand times more beautiful .
    .Thanks for reminding me of The Urban Forest Café . Hope to see you there soon and walk together in one of our favorite trail. Your vivid note makes me want to bathe in the forest. 🌲🌳😘❤️

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    • Mystery is also beautiful and sometimes we find something just meant to be or something we didn’t know we needed (like friendship or love)! About the Urban Forest Café, let’s go soon, Huguette! X


  7. calmkate says:

    sounds absolutely delightful, transported me there!
    an interesting use of the word hunt … I’m generally opposed to hunting but have been known to search for the things you’ve listed 🙂

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  8. What a lovely hunt Kimberlee, and to sit outside and see a racoon too. Bliss.

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    • There is a coyote who walks through my favourite trail but I haven’t seen it yet, apparently some of the train passengers have been lucky enough to see it! I remember a coyote and I passing on the same trail in the park many years ago and when our eyes met, I really felt that I was in the presence of the wild. I’m so glad you enjoyed the read, Brigid!

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  9. Miriam says:

    What a lovely evocative read Kimberlee. You’ve transported me to your world and I thank you for that. Enjoy your rambling walks and the parks and your late summer days. xx

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  10. It sounds like a blissful day. It’s been so long since I went to a second-hand book store, I used to haunt them when I was younger. I feel each one of my senses when I read your words – from the scent of jasmine and mint to the taste of coffee and the feel of the sun.

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    • I’m following such beautiful writers and it just warms my heart to read your lovely words! Our city has more than a handful of second-hand bookstores and I’m planning a Skytrain trip to a favourite one soon (it’s located in an Italian part of the city!).

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  11. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I am often on the hunt to see something new in my everyday surroundings. It is amazing what I can find that I have never seen before.

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  12. Quirky Girl says:

    I agree that your use of the word ‘hunt’ makes for an infinitely more delightful and appealing prospect than the customary association with that word. As a vegetarian myself, I much prefer the image you’ve painted of searching and, with any luck, discovering that very thing you were hoping to find. Or perhaps finding something unexpected, something even better. Just like one might encounter in a treasure hunt…

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