When I was old enough to explore my hometown of Saint John, NB, alone on my bicycle, I found places that I ever knew existed. Some now are long forgotten places. I found one yesterday morning.
I had a meeting scheduled with the founders of Shining Horizons Therapeutic Riding Association, Stacey Hope and Kent Grass. Not sure how long it would take me to find their place and the home of Shining Horizons, I left early. With time to spare, I followed the Red Head Road down toward Anthony’s Cove. The damp, foggy breeze on my face brought back memories of my teenaged explorations in the area. I stopped by the side of the road and captured a shot of two huge cargo/tanker ships leaving the harbour with a glimpse of West Saint John in the background. On to the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic Ocean, those ships are bound for far away places.
The rocky beach goes for miles in either direction and at low tide is quite wide. The clouds were at times ominous, but it wasn’t until I was leaving that I felt the sting of winter by the bay on my cheeks.
There was a pile of railway ties behind me. I have no idea why they were there, but they offered a slightly sheltered perch for watching the activity on the beach and in the harbour.
Be warned. Before sitting down on a pile like this, watch out for protruding, and rusty nails.
Spending time with Stacey and Kent made for a wonderful day. Their enthusiasm for their organization and the benefits it offers to all involved was heartwarming. If you aren’t familiar with equine therapy, take a few minutes to check out their website and/or Facebook page. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time and perhaps you’ll be inspired to get involved somehow. Be a volunteer, spread the word about what they do, help the organization in some other way or make a donation, large or small. Everything helps to ensure the longevity and future of this worthwhile organization that serves mentally or physically challenged people from Sussex to St. Stephen.
Finding ‘forgotten places’ can be a worthwhile adventure. Try it.