Every once in a while, the journeys we take, bring us to places that transforms us. It gives us peace, it inspires us, and it elevates our very being.
As I write this, I have arrived at our destination, which is our hotel in Kitami, another city in Hokkaido. We often overlook the events of the day, our rationale is that we have pictures we can review, words to put into an article. We categorize and divide the events that took place and wonder how we can create a story with fluidity, make our sponsors feel they made the right decision in getting you to come along on this trip.
But let me put all what is normal aside and merge the journey of the soul with the true purpose of travel.
We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realize that that is enough to be happy.
There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.
― Charlotte Eriksson
I couldn’t have said it better.
There are things that may seem mundane or monochrome like the open road, like the identical lampposts that we pass by over and over but every now and then, something catches the corner of your eye, something that makes you uncontrollably smile.
Colors in the horizon, leaves from every shade of red and green are fast approaching, your companions in the bus all exclaim amazement in unison, even the locals (guide and driver). It seems people in general never get tired of seeing the glory of Mother Nature herself. It only takes one of us to plead if we can stop to take pictures they complied.
The first step out of the bus in met with fallen leaves on the road, the asphalt floor is covered in them, I am reminded of confetti exploding in an arena when championships are celebrated or when ticker tape parade happens, this is nature’s parade her means to celebrate the year.
My companions click away with their cameras, trying to catch every angle, every gleam of color that catches their eye. The bloggers take turn getting their photos taken, they have the burden of responsibility of inspiring their readers, to exact the feeling they feel in the right words and expression, some have a great talent for such, it is like having their own tv show in the social media channels.
We move on with our journey, and this repeats several times, too often and it was not till later that we realized that we took too much time doing this resulting in missing some opportunities down the road for getting some amazing shots of the sunset at our intended location in Kitami.
In hindsight, we regret none of it. Since we were asked to come to witness the glory of the autumn season in Hokkaido, and we did just that. When you are on a road trip, stop a while and enjoy your journey, after all…
“There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.”
We made up for our missed schedule by going an our earlier and arrive in Notsukueshi park, which is considered as the biggest part of the region. Well… let the picture speak for itself.