Sounds of silence

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Hahahaha I am now ready...oopppsss just need my knife:)
This was my day....I sooo look forward to this day.  I have worked so much and missed being out on the trail...my soul was literally calling to get the hell out of Dodge...and get out there.  I had planned this all week..over and over in my brain it was almost all I thought about.
I did my to do list...did it again...made sure I had everything...checked that my bigger backpack was ready ...talked to Shaun and the neighbors so they could look after Tuggs......
I was simply going to the best place on earth...for two whole nights alone...to sit a see all the stars in the sky..no phones, no vehicles, no planes, trains, no people were going to be up there...just me, the cabins and a few lakes to swim in...ooooooooooo the excitement.

So here the day is FINALLY here.
Ooooo we are here
I am up at 300am...I worked until 100pm...I drove home like a small maniac..got home...packed everything in my backpack...had to take my smaller one too...then my camera..and tripod...because I wanted some night shots.I said goodbye to tuggs and everyone...gave them numbers to call in case I didn't make it home. (Hey you never know when your out in the middle of nowhere in a completely isolated area).  Then away I went.  Drove out to Sooke...my friend was driving me out to the mountain...walking me into the cabin...staying the one night...and leaving me to myself the next morning...not coming back until Tuesday afternoon to take me out.
So I got out to my friends about 400pm...
Fireweed...bees love it...makes great honey
then we headed out...got to the trail about 600pm..and started heading into the cabin. 
Ooooo the excitement I was feeling.  the day was perfect not a cloud in the sky...no breeze....PERFECTION. The evening could not have been better if I had planned it myself...simple put the best...not a breeze...a warmth enveloped me like a blanket...was wondrous. The water had not a single ripple...the swim and temperature were perfect....everything was SHEER PERFECTION.

SO HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF HEARING WHAT SILENCE SOUNDS LIKE.

I had not really heard what it all sounded like until this fine evening I was enjoying.
It was so profound...something like out of a dream...SILENCE WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE.
Hummingbirds love it too

I think it must be different for everyone.
I was at total peace..being surround by such great beauty as where I was at that moment in time.
An experience I will never forget as long as I have breath in me.....
It was phenomenal....
We got to the cabin...past the two little swimming lakes...Not a ripple on the lakes...the birds were still chattering...and there were hummingbirds out there.  I had heard them before...but I always thought there may not be enough nectar for them out there and that they may die.  but I spoke to my friend and he told me...that right now there is so much fireweed...by the hundreds of thousands (makes the best honey)...and these little birds also survive on insects....which BTW there are billion of:)
My friend turned in almost by the time we got there.
Walk this way
..so I was able to enjoy a short canoe ride...and a swim in the lake just as the sun was starting to set.
By the time I was finished my swim...had a wee bit to eat it was close to 1000pm...and the sunset was at it's best...I ran out to the helicopter landing pad...and took as many photos as I could...I just could not get enough..was soooo beautiful.
I could only hear one bird still singing his song until the sun was almost finished setting.
The air was so balmy...the water so still it looked like glass...the air was fresh..still with the smell of the trees...soil...water...and something light and sweet in the air.  The blueberries are now at their height...the lowest ones are the sweetest...there are ones that are almost black that are semi-sweet..then the larger bushes are not quite ready yet.
Through the faerie forest
..and they are a bit sour.  but I still had blueberries in my cereal.
I sat on that helicopter landing pad till dark...I laid back and looked up in the sky...so many stars we do not see where we live with lights...and not a noise to be heard.
I thought something must be wrong at first...I laid back closed my eyes breathed in the fresh air...not a sound...not a peep..not a crash in the bush...no frogs (grin)...no wind...nothing complete and utter silence like nothing I have ever experienced before...nothing...absolutely nothing...I first laid back to see what my ears could pick up...(nothing)...silence..so I started to really listen...first good thing is my ears don't hummmmmm when they hear nothing (good thing)...I picked up my breathing at bit so I could hear what it sounds like.
Do ys see any
..I tapped my toes as quiet as I could...I tried to listen for my heart beat...it was so amazing...
Then I just let everything fall away...I could take my thoughts anywhere I chose...and all I could hear was silence...then I tried to think of nothing at all...and Wow...was so amazing to hear nothing...and think nothing..something wondrous.
I opened my eyes to look up at the night sky...so many satellites...and the stars so bright...and all I could hear was my thoughts....
I could go on...but then it could get boring.
I made my way inside the cabin to try to fall asleep...and found that I could not.

You see even though all was silent for the night...we had some people that came by from wandering the trail...they were a couple of men who none of us members knew.
log in way of trail...must make it right
..they were just out there wandering about...and following the trail.  They seemed okay...but not safe enough for me to stay overnight another night by myself alone....so in the end of this glorious evening...I headed out of the trail in the morning with my friend...
I was very sad to go...but still happy I got to experience such an awesome evening...one I will never forget.

I will go out again next week...and get my day....my little soul loves it out there.
I will also plan for a whole week out there alone...I just have to plan it.

Thanks for coming with me on this one of a kind journey....
May you experience the sound of silence like I did...made me very humble in a world that is filled with sound:):)
gemini59 says:
Thanks for this wonderful blog my dear friend. I loved reading it. Made me realize how beautiful this earth is.
Posted on: Aug 23, 2009
hummingbird50 says:
Thanks Rudolph...that is exactly how I felt...nothing but the moment in time....
Posted on: Aug 19, 2009
Sweetski says:
Oh Bev, what a wonderful day and evening you had. The sound of silence is indeed incredible. The way you describe your evening makes it sound like you felt one with the universe. That overwhelming and very powerful feeling of complete satifaction. No desires, no thoughts, no aches, just 'being'. I have experienced that myself once, maybe twice, and it is the best feeling ever. I was so at peace with everything, I felt I could die happily right there and then. Fortunately I'm still around to read your lovely blog, and feel it all over again. Thank you for that Bev. And I hope you have at least as much fun (and peace) on your next trip out there. :D
Posted on: Aug 18, 2009
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Hahahaha I am now ready...oopppsss…
Hahahaha I am now ready...oopppss…
Ooooo we are here
Ooooo we are here
Fireweed...bees love it...makes gr…
Fireweed...bees love it...makes g…
Hummingbirds love it too
Hummingbirds love it too
Walk this way
Walk this way
Through the faerie forest
Through the faerie forest
Do ys see any
Do ys see any
log in way of trail...must make it…
log in way of trail...must make i…
Ahhhhh heaven
Ahhhhh heaven
no these are not quite right yet..…
no these are not quite right yet.…
Errrrmmmmm....
Errrrmmmmm....
Yipppeeeee
Yipppeeeee
Cutting of the log
Cutting of the log
cool tree hey
cool tree hey
still cutting
still cutting
Ahhhhhh done now we can walk throu…
Ahhhhhh done now we can walk thro…
Getting close
Getting close
My swimming hole
My swimming hole
not a swimming hole lots of lily p…
not a swimming hole lots of lily …
walk this way please...and dont s…
walk this way please...and don't …
Ahhhhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhhhh
Home for today
Home for today
my other swimming and canoeing hole
my other swimming and canoeing hole
Yep me outhouse
Yep me outhouse
Look a beacon in the dark
Look a beacon in the dark
Anyone want to jump in...the water…
Anyone want to jump in...the wate…
a little glade
a little glade
heli pad
heli pad
looking out
looking out
So much to see
So much to see
So much to take in
So much to take in
I love it here
I love it here
and here
and here
everywhere I turn
everywhere I turn
See home sweet home
See home sweet home
wood for the winter
wood for the winter
sun is just starting to set
sun is just starting to set
pretty pink
pretty pink
Oooooooooo
Oooooooooo
I love this and not a sound
I love this and not a sound
not a peep
not a peep
no wind
no wind
no frogs
no frogs
so much beauty........
so much beauty........
Morning
Morning
Rise and shine
Rise and shine
let the day begin
let the day begin
Yipppeeeee
Yipppeeeee
one more swim please
one more swim please
Sad to have to go home......
Sad to have to go home......
Bye home away from home
Bye home away from home
My soul cries out.....
My soul cries out.....
Stay
Stay
Dont go....
Don't go....
Your gonna miss a beautiful day
Your gonna miss a beautiful day
Bye...bye...home...see you again n…
Bye...bye...home...see you again …
Bye mountains
Bye mountains
Through the forest again
Through the forest again
A wolf has been here and I have mi…
A wolf has been here and I have m…
The meadows are alive
The meadows are alive
and the forests are a glow
and the forests are a glow
Going home.....
Going home.....
Thanks for coming...I will miss yo…
Thanks for coming...I will miss y…
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