Island Perspective

April 8, 2016

Have you ever wondered how people get the most of their visits when they run away for a weekend (or a REAL 2-week vacation) to a place they have never been? I think a bit of homework helps to get a "feel" for a place, but sometimes, just a "winging-it" attitudes works just fine. But either way, you have to be UP for it and totally IN to it as well. Hey, nobody knows you, so maybe this can be the time to slip out of your comfort zone. Not all get-away retreats are amenable to that, but for sure, Salt Spring is definitely one where you can flex your "all-you-wanted-to-be-but-were-afraid-to-try" muscles.

This is a place that has it all. Trails, cycling, beaches to stroll, kayaking, solitude. There's any amount of food for the soul, be it Reiki massage, hot stone or aromatherapy, yoga, Tai Chi (honestly, that's just the TIP of the ice-berg). There's art galleries in ALL their wonderful diversity, wineries, cideries, cheeseries, bakeries, and all the other "eries" out there. Get up early, and walk while there is nothing but the dew and the geese honking as they head out to the lake. Sleep in on luxury sheets in (almost) total silence....well, maybe except for the eagles and Ravens out getting a start in their day. Paradise DOES have its hardships..:). So many birds!! Don't get me started!

Salt Spring is more than the Saturday Market. Talk to people. Just about anyone will start a conversation with you if you dare to make eye contact, smile, or show the slightest interest. We are a small community after all. We like to chat, and interact. That's part of the charm. If you don't converse with the locals, you miss a great chance at tuning in to what we are all about, and perhaps making a connection that will spill over those one or two days you spend here, and become a life-long link to a whole other life-style. Magical things happen when you open your heart and mind and embrace fully where you are, even if it's a short visit. It can make the difference of a couple nights away from the hustle and bustle, to a desire to leading a double life, hoarding your little island secret to yourself, and planning the next big withdrawal from the city for a little slice of whatever it is that the island has given you.

Each person finds his or her own charms here. Come visit, but open your soul. You will take away so much more!