Melina Gunnett

June 30, 2011

Photo of the Day – Toward the Future

Filed under: Photographs — Melina Gunnett @ 12:52 PM
foggy woodland path

The future may be unclear, but the path is beautiful. Enjoy the journey.

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Empathy

Filed under: Poetry — Melina Gunnett @ 10:44 AM

Impressions of pain
More real than my own
Bring me to the edge of endurance

The tragedies with in me
Which of them are mine?
Which belong to nameless faces in the night.

Oh, to end the pain
And the suffering I know
But that would also end the joy

The warm thoughts from across the room
That spark the air
And ignite my heart

The tender moment
Of a gentle touch
That goes through my soul.

To lose the joy with the pain
That would be the greatest pain of all
For the joy I shall endure

In they joy I will find my peace
And through that peace
I can end my pain.
By bringing joy to the heart from which in came.

Oh Canada – Ontario

Filed under: Travel — Melina Gunnett @ 2:00 AM

Today’s adventure took me through Canada.  I got a slightly later start than I had planned. It really should have occurred to me that the correct answer to why I was traveling through Canada should have been “I’m on vacation.”  “I’m moving across country.” was NOT the answer they were looking for. They sent me to immigration.  Thankfully it didn’t take too long before I was back on the road.

   So, what did I think of Canada?Truthfully, it reminded me of upstate New York and Vermont. It was very scenic with large swaths of farmland. barn with sheep farm
horse and alpaca horse laying in the grass
  Which also means lots of animals including one horse who was determined to keep me amused by rolling back and forth in the grass.  horse rolling over
 school house Scattered farm houses weren’t the only buildings. There were plenty of normal residential homes and many of the same businesses that I see regularly on the U.S. side of the border.  There were also some interesting older buildings like this school house.    Haunted houseAnd this great house.  Do you think it is haunted?
 Lake Erie Since most of my drive today was along one great lake or another, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the water.

The Great lakes were strange.  I have lived near the ocean most of my life and, while they were certainly vast – I couldn’t see the far shore – there were no waves.

I found them both serene and eerie at the same time.  I wonder if that is how Lake Erie got it’s name?

 water

June 29, 2011

Niagara Falls

Filed under: Travel — Melina Gunnett @ 12:31 PM

I spent yesterday walking around Niagara Falls.  I stuck to the U.S. side today.  Today I’ll be heading across the rainbow bridge to the Canadian side on my way to Detroit.

   I started my day at the Niagara Aquarium where I was greeted by the cute little guy on the left.  He wasn’t alone though.  He had several playmates in his pen, including the momma to be pictured sitting on her egg to the right.  
     They, of   course, had the usual array of  fish, some more interesting than others.  One little girl was very excited because she found Nemo.

The one unexpected find was a display of poison dart frogs. I had never seen one up close before and never realized that they came in such a wide variety of colors.  They had yellow, blue and green ones (Like the little guy to my right) on display.  

After the aquarium I made my way over across a bridge to the discover center and took the trolly to the falls.

  They were, as I expected, breathtaking. What I hadn’t anticipated was the sheer force. At the point that the water hits the falls it is traveling over 30 miles per hour and has already passed through 4 of the 5 great lakes.You can feel the roar of the water has it plummets nearly 200 feet over the edge. In the picture to the left you can see the continuous spray of water which bounces back up from the bottom.  It is difficult to get near the falls without getting wet.The first thing I did was head for the observation tower and then take the elevator down to the base of the falls.  There I boarded the Maid of the Mysts, which took us up river to the base of the Horse shoe falls and back.The mist was so thick at the base of the falls that once the boat entered them, I could see nothing until we turned back out.

Observation Tower

Horseshoe Falls

Americian Falls

American Falls

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

 Afterwards I walked across the river and stopped to give a nod to my man Nikola Tesla.

Hermit's Cascade

Hermit's Cascade

Nikla Tesla

Top of Horsheshoe FallsThere is a restaurant at the top of Horseshoe Falls – Conveniently called Top of the Falls, just in case you forgot where you are.  I stopped there for what I thought would be a light lunch.My over priced salad didn’t seem so overpriced when it arrived.  It was big enough to feed 2 or 3 people and the view… well you can see that for your self.  I took the picture on the right from where I was eating.

After lunch I took a long slow walk around Goat Island (This is the large island between the American and Horseshoe Falls in the middle of the Niagara River.) The island is beautiful and a place I could easily spend an relaxing afternoon. Toward the Canadian side there is a string of three small islands called the three sisters you can walk out onto. It was a nice reminder that Niagara is a state park for a reason, and not just a large tourist spot.

After my walk around the island I headed back to the falls, finally ready for my last excursion – The Cave of the Winds.  I donned the raincoat and sandals  they provided and took the elevator down to the base of the cliff.  At the bottom I found myself walking down a long corridor that smelled a lot like the showers at a gym.  It was worth the trip.  I emerged at the base of the falls.It soon became evident why they are called the rainbow falls.  As the sun hit the mist filled air rainbows appeared across the rocks bellow the bridal veil.

Rainbow streaked rocks below the falls.

   Oh, and Canada has a space needle too. Theirs is overlooking the Niagara Falls.  So I guess this means that my trip will be taking me from space needle to space needle as I cross the continent.The sun is coming out and I should head out too.  Time for another day of adventure!

 

More pictures can be found HERE.  I will be uploading more as soon as I have time and wi-fi.

Photo of the Day – Duet

Filed under: Photographs — Melina Gunnett @ 7:29 AM
To boats float in the harbor

Duet

June 28, 2011

Photo of the Day – Journey on

Filed under: Photographs — Melina Gunnett @ 2:35 PM
A gravel road cuts through the moutnains

The long and (not so) winding road, that leads me to (the highway)

June 27, 2011

Photo of the Day – Farmland

Filed under: Photographs — Melina Gunnett @ 2:25 PM
Farmland

I think the horse is long gone.

June 26, 2011

Photo of the Day – Pappus

Filed under: Photographs — Melina Gunnett @ 2:19 PM
Dandelion Pappus

Just waiting on the wind...

June 25, 2011

Photo of the Day – Druid’s Rock

Filed under: Photographs — Melina Gunnett @ 12:11 PM

 

A large split boulder

A friend of mine wanted to build a shelter out of this large split boulder and spend a year or so living there and studying. Every time I see it I think of him.

June 24, 2011

I’m all packed up.

Filed under: Odd Thoughts — Melina Gunnett @ 2:05 PM

So my bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Not jet plane for me though. Not this trip anyway. I will be driving across country from Boston to Tacoma.

 

When I moved out here, everything I owned came with me in the car. It is amazing how much stuff I accumulated in the 15+ years I’ve been on the east coast. It took me almost a month to find homes for all of it, but once again, everything I own is in my car.

 

Ok, so the car is considerably more crowded that it was on the way out. Two trunks and my sewing machine were all I had with me. The trunks are now suitcases and the clothes have changed, but that same sewing machine is back in the car. My GIANT teddy bear is watching over it as I type.

 

One of the important things I’ve rediscovered through the culling of my possessions is what is really valuable. When it came down to clearing out my stuff it wasn’t the most expensive things I kept, it was the personal things: photos of friends, knickknacks that reminded me of someone and things that were hand-made and given to me. Aside from personal memories, almost all I packed was some artwork and books.

 

Yeah books. I know there are libraries. I actually use them a lot. Half my car is still books and reducing my selection down to that few was painful. I’m glad the digital age is here. I purchase most of my books electronically now. Hopefully I won’t ever have to weed through my books again. 80% of what I have left are reference books of some kind. Maybe I won’t ever need some of them, but how easy will it be to find a book on Xingu mythology if I do suddenly find a need?

 

Anyway, that painful processes is over. I am officially on VACATION! I am starting it out with a whole weekend of camping, ice cream and fun with friends in New York. I’ll post updates as my trip progresses. I will be taking several weeks to cross the country. This will the be the first time I have not had to rush somewhere and I plan to enjoy the scenery.

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