Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi

After almost three years of not flying we find ourselves above a dry patch of land with snow capped Mt. Baker (Washington) rising above dark blue winding rivers. There is some green to gaze upon but nothing compared to the lush rainforest we’ve left behind. We are on a whirlwind trip to Ontario to celebrate a special birthday and spend time with loved ones much missed these past few years.

After what feels like a quick flight (4 hours and 1 minute) thanks to the jet stream, we land at Toronto’s Pearson Airport to relative calm – the horror of hundreds of abandoned suitcases not seen with the usual airport activity seemingly stilled. A promising start to a long anticipated getaway…

It was a joy to arrive at home base in Ajax, to hug sisters and brothers, nephews and nieces all the while thinking about the upcoming party. Our visit was a surprise as well as the arrival of two beloved grandchildren (our great nephew and niece) from the UK whom we last saw in 2020. They fell into conversation with their Canadian cousins without skipping a beat!

A few highlights that stand out from our trip include a warm summer evening sitting at the new city square listening to a local 70’s cover band with a cold can of local craft beer while watching the sky for a severe storm that manifested on our last night in a torrent of rain, lightning and thunder. We were lucky – some parts of Ontario experienced tornado activity resulting in property damage and blackouts. The power outage we experienced didn’t last long upstaging the lit candles and glowing lanterns, it was exciting to watch the storm unfold in the semi-darkness with our bedroom window shutters opened wide.

Earlier in the week, we hopped onto the Go Train heading to downtown Toronto and got a bird’s eye view of several towns before the railway tracks and graffiti announced that Union Station (the last stop) was minutes away. A colourful outdoor festival greeted us at the station with happy patrons sitting in the beer garden surrounded by the fragrant aroma of good eats, summer in the city doesn’t get much better than this! The heat and humidity kept us to the many parklets dotting the lake, their shady interiors and worn benches inviting us to sit awhile. I wanted to wander through the beautiful Toronto Musical Garden after having seen footage of it on a documentary about ageless gardens. Its winding paths, grassy tiers providing seating for music lovers and views of sparkling water peppered with weathered metal sculptures and natural stone didn’t disappoint. Eating an ice cream cone with flavours reminiscent of cottage country (S’Mores) on the way to the garden added a delicious whimsical note.

Flying back home in the evening meant we could chase the rosy glow of a summer sunset against the twilight sky across Canada with images of the lake, gardens and family fun dancing in our heads!

Walking by Union Station with the iconic CN Tower in the distance, the colour and energy of a big city is intoxicating!

Terry’s brother Garth met us at the station on his bike and took us to this sweet dog park, one of several parklets to offer us respite!

This stunning capture was taken at the edge of the Toronto Musical Garden, what a lovely spot to wander through sheltered from the heat and humidity of the city.

We sat on a bench on the boulevard hugging Lake Ontario and enjoyed everything this wonderful city has to offer!

The next day we continued exploring shady parklets with more musical influences before heading to Ajax with a stop to buy some beautiful bouquets for the birthday celebration.

This post is dedicated to my wild hood friend, Patricia, who left us much too soon on her own flight August 05, 2022.


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27 Responses to Flight

  1. I miss travel. I’m glad you had a nice visit with family and got to explore Toronto Kim.

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  2. ugetse says:

    Hi Kim, love your Rumi quote and your travel note. It is always so exciting to transport ourselves somewhere else.

    So sorry about your loss 🙏. It is so difficult to loose a good friend. My heart is with you.

    Take good care. Lovely photos.

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    • It’s lovely to read your words here, Huguette! Thank you so much for your cheery card and bar of chocolate…I’m making my way through this irksome summer cold as best I can…I hope to practice some yoga before a walk this afternoon.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, Kim. Seeing family after too long away is a treat. Sorry to read of the loss of your friend. Such a loss makes us realize how precious life is and to savor every moment we are granted. ❤

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  4. Ali Grimshaw says:

    How wonderful to travel again and reconnect with family. I am happy for you. I am sorry for the loss of your friend. It is never easy. May the parts of her that you love dearly live on in you.

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  5. murisopsis says:

    The joys of travel! So glad you had a good visit. We really enjoyed Stanley Park… so many little hidden treasures! The Shakespeare Garden was one of them…

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  6. I can feel your joy in reconnecting with family and enjoying the city. It feels like waking up after a long hibernation. I’m glad you had a wonderful time, Kim. ❤

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  7. markmkane says:

    Love the pictures Kimberlee, but I absolutely loved how you are literally describing your trip to the reader. You make it seem as if I’m there step by step with you and seeing everything in real time. I know I sound like a broken record but you should be a travel writer, you’re excellent at transporting the reader to the places you’ve been along with the sights, sounds and smell of your surroundings.

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  8. It’s so nice to reconnect with family and friends after a long while away. I’m going to get to do that myself next month. It’s been since the end of Feb and I’m a bit homesick. Traveling is a joy for me too. Love the Rumi quote. Great photos too.

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  9. calmkate says:

    sounds like a magical reunion … sorry you lost Patricia.

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  10. Thank you for sharing what sounds like a great trip Kim.

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