Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

I had planned to drive through Cardston and along the the mountains of Glacier National Park. But I was thwarted by my inattention to the road signs of Canada and ended up over in Lethbridge. Words cannot express how frustrated I was when I saw the exit to Lethbridge.  I took the exit and pulled over at a parking lot to seethe at having my plan not work.  After breathing and drinking some water, eating a protein snack I calmed down and recognized it as an opportunity. I have learned that attitude, my attitude makes all the difference in my life.  I have made it a policy to always look for the good, the bright, the fun in any situation.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t get frustrated or angry. It means instead that I slow down and refocus. So my internal dialog flipped from frustration to curiosity at how this change of plans could be good. Internal dialogue: “Lethbridge isn’t really out of the way, it may actually be faster because of the size of the road but… I had planned on specific scenery (inner child stopping feet). Still, not an awful problem after all it is the home to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.”

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This was a lovely, peaceful, restful and much needed stop. You’ll definitely want to visit if you are in the area. Check out my Flickr for more photos.

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Several young women were at the beginning of folding 1,000 cranes.
“in remembrance of Sadako Sasaki, the girl who transformed the paper crane into a symbol of peace. In honor of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day”

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I had never heard of professional musical whistling, but I arrived in time to listen to this amazing woman as I walked through a piece of the park. Unfortunately, not in time for the whole performance. 

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“Kirara Kato was born in 1994, and graduated from Showa Music College in Tokyo in 2016. Kirara started to learn whistling at the age of 4 from her father. She began performing in 2013 and won prizes at Osaka International Whistling Contest in 2013 & 2015. Kirara performed in Okinawa, Fukushima, Thailand, in addition to regular performances in Tokyo. She performs in Classics, Folk, Popular, and jazz. Kirara Kato teaches at Shonan Whistling Studio.”

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And of course, there were the Corvids. This time in guise of three inquisitive and active crows. DSCN3079

I arrived at Helena around 7:00 p.m. which was much better time wise than I had thought I would make. And much faster than that scenic route. Hooray for the detour!  – Jenny


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