On an overcast day in mid August 2013, I took a lunch break at the base of Mt. Edith Cavell while my friends enjoyed a quick hike on the trails. The lake that is fed by the melting Angel Glacier on Mt Edith Cavell looks milky and freezing cold to the touch. Chunks of glacier floats on the lake. Peaceful. I found a quiet spot away from other tourists and travelers to enjoy my private time with nature. One-on-One.
Then came a surprise visitor – a Chipmunk. I guess he followed the scent of my lunch and was curious to find out who is squatting in his domain. It was probably the scent of the fragrant peanut butter that drew him out. I love peanut butter and I don’t blame him for wanting some for himself. At first he was skittish, running from rock to rock. As I stayed still, he built up his courage and came closer and closer. It was fun watching him.
I’m used to seeing squirrels in the park across the street from my home in Toronto. For me to find a chipmunk, I have to travel a bit west to High Park – the largest park in the city of Toronto. So there’s a bit of novelty for me to spend time with a chipmunk. Especially one that is willing to be on a lunch date with me. It was a great opportunity for me to connect with nature.