The Rookie Blessed Adventure (7): The Serene Soliloquy
July 13, 2001
Today would be our last day trip… I was not sure what lay ahead of me. I ate a lot of “Indomie Goreng”*, cause I knew that there would be macaroni & cheese for lunch. *smile* Sorry folks, mine is still “perut Melayu”**.
We didn’t spend much time at the base camp, because we’d like to check for Georgian Bay. First, we paddled our canoes to the other side of Collins Inlet, because we’d like to look for a short cut to Georgian Bay. After a couple trials, and our navigator – Oom J – gave up, we decided to take the long route and darted off to Georgian Bay. As Bang Jeha already mentioned there’s no big wave, the biggest wave only came from the motorboats. Here again, I had my paddling lecture from my canoe mates: Mpok Cecil and Bang Jeha.
Off to Georgian Bay… It is part of Lake Huron. We felt like we paddled in the calm sea… three small canoes in the huge mass of blue water. Here and there we could see reddish little islands and sea birds. The water was very cold. We passed the South Point and looked for a place to have lunch. While Cak prepared our lunch, I explored this little island. The rocks here looked the same as the one at our base camp: granitic gneiss. The scenery from this island looked like we’re in the Caribbean… only the water zapped you into reality that it’s brrrr, cold!
This land is also part of crown land. At the other end of the island, somebody tied his/her kayak. I took my time wandering, appreciated what I had in sight, some quartz intrusion here and there that looked like a wide and long white band in this reddish rocks. I also found an empty turtle shell, my treasure for today. *smile*
Lunch was not ready yet, when I returned… but I was already hungry. Thus, I looked for my winning prize last night, i.e., Hershey’s chocolate cookie. Sigh…, it’s softened because of the heat. But I remembered, that the water was very cold. So I dipped it into the water. Less than five minutes it hardened into its previous block shaped. Mmm, was not good for swimming.
After lunch we saw a group of G-string girls passed our site. Of course, it’s not to be missed by Oom J and Bang Jeha. *smile* Soon followed a ‘family picture’… Cheeezzzeee, smile everybody! We had to leave this site, again to avoid afternoon wave. However, the lovely scattered rocks were hard to miss. Ayrin and Trisna agreed to stop by… and soon after Oom J, Cak and Monic followed. The rocks were so smooth and they had their own curves, bands and hollows; a work of erosion and abrasion. Oom J liked it so much that he ran here and there like a little kid. *smile* Minutes later, Bang Jeha, Mpok Cecil and Wita came.
Then, here came the exhilarating show! Full Monty! This was what I told you girls on the beginning of my trip: an exciting ‘surprise’! Do you know how much you have to spend to watch Full Monty at the theater? At least $85. Here, it’s free and the actors had their own scripts. *smile* First, Bang Jeha. He took off all his clothes and jumped into the cold Georgian Bay. We laughed hilariously!! Then, Oom J… the cold water couldn’t stop him from taking a plunge to Georgian Bay. He took off one after the other layer of his clothes, imagine it girls… I bet you’d sorely miss this show. *smile* On the corner of my eyes I saw Monic covered her eyes, and Wita gazed her eyes away. *smile* Geez, folks I laughed till I had tears in my eyes. *smile* Cak soon followed Oom J. Then, the daredevil Mpok Cecil, she braved the cold-water cause she promised to take it if the sun came out. The lesson: you could tell the shape of male’s thing in his late twenties, mid thirties, and early retirement age. *smile* I don’t know whether it does somehow also tell the psychological stress of its owner. *smile* Ask Bang Jeha. *smile*
Then, everybody asked me, Ayrin and Trisna to take the turn. Oom J said: “Life is not there to watch but to be experienced.” Bang Jeha called me ‘chicken’, and Ayrin and Trisna tempted me by saying they’d go if I’d go. Well, well, nobody can tempt me to swim au naturel in this cold water. Oom J made a second attempt, saying he’d make a second Full Monty jump if I took mine. Again, you didn’t know whose you’re dealing with Oom J. I’m immune to temptation. *smile*
After dinner we had another show. This time, a game show… something like The Weakest Link. The title was: “How well you know these three fellow campers (I, Monic and Wita)”. The winners were given a small piece of rocks with a description.
Tonight we settled our trip cost. While I was waiting for the deep night to come. I hoped I could see Northern Lights tonight. I asked the time to Mpok Cecil and headed to our slanted rocks to watch the stars. I kept my eyes to the north sky, waiting for this much talked Aurora Borealis. Then, I saw some lights shot up… I wondered what it was, was it Northern Lights? Then, I heard Mpok Cecil shouted, “It’s Northern Lights! It’s Northern Lights! Wake up Bebeth, she should see it.” In my wonder, I didn’t recall whether I answered her call or not. *smile*
I could feel the tears on the corner of my eyes, thank you Lord. It’s just perfect! It gazed and danced back and forth from left to right or the other way around. Sometimes it looked so bright and tall but sometimes it just looked like a yellowish rays. Sometimes it appeared on certain spot on the horizon, but sometimes it showed its rays all at once. We enjoyed this show for about an hour… and Ayrin tried to capture its beauty.
FYI, the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are often just colorful glows but sometimes look like curtains or rays or even tunnels of light in the far northern skies. Aurora is Latin for “dawn”; Borealis is Latin for “Northern”. High-energy particles from the Sun spiral down Earth’s magnetic field lines toward the poles. When they interact with atoms in the atmosphere, they cause the auroras. Green, for example, the most common auroral color, is caused by atomic oxygen. Please check here (National Geographic) or National Geographic November 2001 issue, if you want to know more about it.
As I walked to my tent to get a last sleep in this trip, I sang a serene soliloquy in my heart:
What is life?
It is the first light at dawn and hazy glow at dusk
It is the moon on the tip of pine trees
It is the stars dangling like diamonds, stones and trinkets
It is the cloud that looks like vanilla ice cream
It is the wind that travels thousand miles
It is the water, from tiny drops of rain,
make its way into springs, streams,
rivers, lakes, seas and the mighty ocean
It is the trees that sway and disseminate their fragrance
It is the rocks that tell you the story of the Earth
What is life?
It is the birds, chirping
It is the loons, wailing
It is the geese, dancing
It is the fish, huddling together
It is the flash of a firefly in the night
It is the little shadow,
which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.
What is life?
It is my life and yours,
intertwine as we know each other.
What is life?
It is not a mer
e luck or coincidence
for everything has a purpose in life.
If you have faith that something good will happen,
it will happen!
I am a witness of it!
What a perfect day: bright sky, blue water, uproaring laughter and Northern Lights!
Till the last episode: The Wish Comes True (July 14, 2001)
“Indomie Goreng”* is the famous brand of instant noodle from Indonesia.
“perut Melayu”** is a teasing term for people who can only tolerate Indonesian’s food.