It is hard to believe that 3 weeks have elapsed since the mini vacation for my wife and I at the Inn at the Falls. Situated less than an hour north in the picturesque town of Bracebridge, this inn became our “home away from home” for 3 days and 2 nights. Before a busy Christmas season, it gave us an opportunity to unwind, kick back, lay low and do absolutely nothing. 🙂
However, we did do some hiking. We “explored” downtown Bracebridge, as well as hiked around the spectacular Bracebridge Falls. Due to heavy late November snowfalls, followed by “soaked to the bone” rainfalls, which melted the previous snows, the river was extremely powerful and fast. Rising to within inches of the pedestrian walkway, that crosses the river just as it tumults down over the falls with a thunderous roar, the walkway was closed because of a thick layer of slippery ice formed by sub freezing temperatures, a strong wind and water spray. Lynne and I ended up taking the high road, which is the highway bridge that crosses the river to get to the other side.
It was only then, that I noticed 2 brave roofers, re-shingling the roof of a historic building, that was situated precariously right at the very edge of the icy, wild, raging river. If one of these roofers were to slip, the only thing from keeping him from falling over the edge, and swept away by the icy rapids, and over a second waterfall a short distance downstream, was a rope, a lifeline to keep them safe and secure.
Life at times can be very precarious for us human beings. One moment we are safely on solid ground and everything is wonderful and great. The next moment we might find ourselves falling. Whether it is a job loss, or a debilitating accident or sickness, no one is immune. If a lifeline does not catch us, we can fall over the edge and be swept away by the raging current.
Christmas season can be particularly devastating for some people. Particularly this time of year, our local charities, churches and food banks work extremely hard to try and be that lifeline to those desperately in need, being very discreet to protect the dignity of the recipients. There is still time to help those in need this Christmas. Please support your local charities.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Have a wonderful Christmas,