Thursday, October 20, 2016

East versus west

The thing that we speak of as beauty does not have to be sought in distant lands,
It need not be looked for even so far as around the corner.
It is here close about us or it is nowhere.
                                                 Allen Tucker


There are so many differences between The West coast and The East coast. Well, as far as this farm girl and her experiences go. I have to say I love the west coast for so many reasons.


The main reason being, the how does it work phenomena of not having any pain out west, no matter the weather. Yes, it is a fact that my fibromyalgia does not bother me when I am out there. As a matter of fact, neither does my arthritis. Oh yes, I know you are thinking this cannot be true, but it is.


There was not one day that I had not walked, at the very least, 5 kilometers and most days involved so many more. Hiking and walking every waking moment, for hours. That is the reason I do not hesitate to go out west when given the opportunity, and to fly to this magic place. Pain free is very addictive for a girl who likes to be outdoors and active.


I also love the sheer beauty of the west. With its ocean views, lush foliage of very different varieties. Oh, those mountains have a magnet that continues to pull me, even when I am back at home. Who could resist? It is truly a place of a beauty that you could not match here in my Ontario, at least that is what I believed while I was out there. I must admit that during the whole visit I dreamed that I had a place to call “home” out there.


After ten days in Vancouver and after venturing out to explore places like Surrey, Hope and Abbotsford I am truly in love with all I had experienced out there.


Now, and after a couple of days back and with the jet lag finally wearing off, I took a drive. It is autumn here in Ontario Canada. I have to say there is no place that does autumn better than Ontario, my home. I parked and took in all the beauty that lined the back roads that I am lucky enough to pass every time I go to town.


Sure, I may not be able to see those incredible never-ending mountain views, or taste and feel the cold ocean water. There will be no stroll along those beaches that line the seawall. No hiking endless hours without pain, but boy oh boy I am home and there is nowhere I would rather be.
Now, if I can only figure out how to bottle up that “No-pain phenomena.”


Lots of stories are percolating from this trip. Memories of a lifetime once again fill my mind. I will go back to the mountains someday because they continue to call. There is no doubt about that. In the meantime, I am home and it is beautiful.


Later

Joining my friend Theresa @ Good Fences. Check it out. 

32 comments:

  1. Hello, beautiful images. The autumn colors are beautiful. I love the coastline on the west side. Happy Thursday, have a great day!

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  2. I wonder what the difference is? Well anyway, it was certainly a nice break for you. Hope you get to go again soon.

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  3. It looks like a place I'd like to visit, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love your eastern colours:)

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  5. It's good to know there is beauty to be found wherever you are. It is hard to beat your fall colors - who can look at those leaves changing and not feel their heart uplifted? I'm a mountain gal, but I do love to visit the western seashore. Just a different landscape allows a different perspective, I think.

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  6. Sea are has long been prescribed for ailments. :0)
    Ontario does indeed have fabulous fall colours. But if you had a chance to go a little farther into the mountains you would see the splendor of the aspens and tamarack trees all golden making the green of the mountains glow even on rainy days.

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  7. I can certainly understand being drawn to a place that is both beautiful and you're able to enjoy pain-free. It seems like home always has it's draw, though. I'm glad you were able to enjoy such a nice time away - so many beautiful things to see!

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  8. Love that you find beauty where ever you are.
    Sigh on the pain front.

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  9. My experience with BC, both with walking everywhere there, and being pain free during my stay, match your experience....do you think we are on to something?

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  10. Hi Buttons, I've been looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing your thoughts on beautiful B.C. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and I'm eager to hear more. Glad the climate there agrees with you so thoroughly. You're right, Ontario is beautiful too and this is such a fabulous season. The great thing is with travel, you don't have to pick one ... you can enjoy your lovely Ontario landscapes, and also escape to the B.C. mountains and ocean every once in a while for a western fix. I'm not even sure where "home" is for me anymore, but I'm going to claim BOTH Ontario and B.C.!!

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  11. There's no place like home. Glad you got to take the trip and be pain free for a little while.
    Beautiful leaves!

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  12. oh, my... pain-free might just mean you need a retirement move...

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  13. Well, I guess you just going to have to bite the bullet and move to the west coast! Don't forget to bring Bossy II along.

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  14. Beautiful and I am glad you have less pain in this place of beauty.

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  15. I'm so glad you had a pain free vacation in the west!! I'm anxious to hear more stories from your trip. I love the west coast too...it's definitely different than our eastern one!

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  16. Our Canada is very beautiful east to west , north and south . Lovely photos , Glad you enjoyed it I guess BC isn't as damp or have as much barometric pressure change as it is here in Ontario and there fore you were pain free which I am glad you were able to be whilst there . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  17. I've noticed I can walk easier and far longer when I'm at the beach than anywhere else, must be something in the salty air.
    Your autumn colours are beautiful.

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  18. Hello Buttons!:) It's nice that you find beauty everywhere, and your photos are lovely from both of the places you love. As a fellow sufferer of chronic rheumatism, and Fibromyalgia, I know that low pressure affects how I feel. When the pain gets bad we set off for the the south of Portugal and stay there a while until I improve. The climate of your east coast, seems to suit you too, probably due to high pressure conditions. I'm so pleased you were pain free during your stay there, ...take care!:)

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  19. So good to see a post from you dear Buttons. What a wonderful trip you had, and to be pain free also is such a blessing.

    I love seeing all of your beautiful autumn colors.

    You are so right, there is no place like home. Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

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  20. Welcome home, B. There is a saying, "home is where the heart is." Sometimes our hearts are divided because family lives elsewhere or we just develop a love of a certain place. It's nice that we can feel "at home" in so many places. If you find a way to bottle that "pain free remedy" please let us know. Hugs!

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  21. Home is wherever you are happy. I love the ocean views, but my true heart is in the woods and mountains.

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  22. I love the scenery, everywhere looks picture perfect!
    Lynne x

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  23. the climate, the altitude?? what could be responsible for the change in your health?? i can't walk to save my sole but i can ride a bike...even a good distance if i take rests along the way. some medical things, there is just no explanation for. sometimes my neurologist will say, no that can't be, but it is. your images are beautiful, you know how much i love the beach!!!!

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  24. I suppose in one sense it's nice to know where you can escape if the pain becomes overwhelming. In glad you enjoyed your trip!

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  25. Home is always THE BEST...always where your heart is...:)JP

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  26. Sounds like you had a terrific, pain free break. I have a feeling that you are able to find beauty wherever you go.

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  27. Welcome home! You have me wanting to visit BC even more now! Glad that you had a wonderful, pain free trip!

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  28. What you say is true. There are lovely places to visit and even pain free places but there is no where like home.

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  29. Unfortunately it is a long way for me to go to be free of my osteoarthritis back pain.

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  30. Interesting that you feel better out west, that is a real plus! I wonder if it would change after a few months? :)

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  31. How nice that you were able to enjoy your visit out west and be pain free. Such pretty Autumn views and fences.

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  32. So nice to know you got away for a vacation and it was pain free! I have noticed that my fibromyalgia is not as bad when I'm in Calgary and I think it is the drier air. It is so damp here in the east especially in the spring and summer months. I love your side view mirror shot and the last one too. I think we have better fall colours back east don't you? :)

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