I n honour of Canada Day — yes, honour, as I will even honour how Canadians spell the word honor — I thought I would offer an easy game to play while simultaneously bringing about awareness to what I believe is an interesting program.
Can You Find the Red Chairs in This Photograph?
Here is the same photograph as the one seen at the top of this article, on which you can click to see an enlarged view:
The purpose of the red vinyl Adirondack chairs is simple: for visitors to enjoy the exquisite mountain and lakeside vistas; and each location shares a great story about the landscape and history.
I was hiking in the Valley of the Five Lakes in Jasper National Park — a trip report in a future article is forthcoming — when I suddenly saw a pair of two red chairs, which stuck out amongst the landscape like a sore thumb.
Curious, I walked up to the two red chairs, which were attached in the middle by a small table — and the message on that small table was simply to “sit quietly and discover”.
So I sat in one of the chairs, which were facing northwest…
…and admired the view of the Third Lake of the Valley of the Five Lakes in Jasper National Park peacefully and quietly.
What a nice and yet simple program Parks Canada has to promote Jasper National Park: it piques the interest of visitors of the peaks, lakes, forests and other natural attributes of the locations while simultaneously providing restful places for visitors in which to relax and enjoy.
The text on that table alerts visitors that when we move through the wilderness, we influence everything around us: “Song birds are silenced, mice will scurry and hide, and the red squirrel will scold you with loud chatter. Sit for awhile, remaining as quiet as possible, and open up your senses. Let yourself blend in with your surroundings. With patience, something remarkable begins to happen. The natural world returns to life. In silence we discover.”