Exploring your own backyard

Exploring your own backyard

I always found it funny how far people believe they need to travel in order to see real wonder and beauty.

But, truth be told, you’re closer than you think.

I traveled over 4,000 kilometres to live in a country that, for me, was magical, full of culture and held the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen.

And yet, every time I ran into the locals and told them about my journey, my expressions of pure delight were answered with “why would you come to Ireland?” “The rest of us are trying to get away from here, why would anyone live here willingly?”

It’s true what they say: we don’t know what we have right in front of us, and I’m ashamed to say I’ve felt this way too – about my own stomping grounds.

But I quickly learned that no matter where you live or what part of the world you’re exploring, there’s always an infinite amount of beauty to soak up if you just open your eyes. We need to stop being blinded by familiarity and normalcy, and realize that the world is a stunning, fascinating place constantly offering us the most extraordinary treasures if we just simply reach out and take them.

So the next time you feel like there’s nothing to do or see in your own backyard, remind yourself that you’re just not looking hard enough.

My friend Danielle showed me what I was missing at Guthrie Falls this past weekend,  located on the Guthrie Road outside of Norton, New Brunswick – an often forgotten about town in a forgotten about province. We spent hours exploring the woods that surrounds these waters, climbing on every rock and fallen tree in our path and ending our afternoon jaunt with a pleasant visit to Kredls corner market in Hampton.

It completely took my breath away.

If you’re in the area and looking for some magnificent beauty to marvel at, I promise you won’t have to travel very far to find it.

Just see for yourself!

Music: Maritime Classic “The Mull River Shuffle” by The Rankin Family

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