A visit to Gibsons, BC (Sunshine Coast)

This guest post was written exclusively for Hummingbird604.com by Minna Van, co-founder of The Network Hub and one of my absolute best friends. Thanks Minna for sharing your experiences in Gibsons BC with my readers!

“Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it” – W. Deresiewicz

In a time when ease of access to Twitter, Facebook and Youtube means you can be dispersed everywhere and at the same time being nowhere. Solitude and concentration becomes cumbersome, arduous compared to being everywhere on the cloud where all the fun and excuses to run away from yourself belong. How many times have you scheduled time alone or find yourself daydreaming for time off but it never really happens because you agonize over the practical responsibilities, duties and the long checklists you have? Well that was me.

The answer was Gibsons, Sunshine Coast. The decision to go was definitely a difficult one but when I realized that it was easier to quote an article or regurgitate an important someone or other’s thoughts from a well-known blog or magazine about an important issue, I knew I forgot the ability to think for myself. I need to hear my own voice and formulate my own thoughts. I wanted to think for myself again. Let’s clear up any perceived conceptions you might have, I am not trying to be introspective or needed to resolve some deep dark situations but rather just finding quiet time to hear my own voice.

Nothing but beautiful nature here in Gibsons, Sunshine Coast.

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

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Laying on the beach with a book listening to ocean waves while watching boats go all day was simple perfection – it was a vacation for my soul. Nothing mattered at the moment because I was present.

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

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I started building inukshuks randomly because I remembered they help guide boats to shore and a simple symbol of peace. Impractical fun activities because 30 minute later the waves came and wash them away. A lesson in detachment perhaps?

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Photo credit: Minna Van for Hummingbird604.com

Gibsons is a beautiful town with wonderful friendly people who always stop to say a Hi or Hello. Not the kind that people do at a passing but a full-stop with a friendly smile and a warm greeting.

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Photo credit: Minna Van for Hummingbird604.com

No town visit is complete with the sampling of the local cuisine, with its close proximity to the ocean means seafood is the specialty here. Of course I love gelato so the first thing I had to try was Mike’s Place – the BEST gelato place in Gibsons according to the locals but I suspect it might be the ONLY gelato shop here.

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Photo credit: Minna Van for Hummingbird604.com

Of course there is also the famous landmark Molly’s Reach where the longest-running comedy-drama television series “The Beachcombers” was filmed from 1972 until 1990. It was the first time ever I had a crab cake sandwich, it was tasty but I wasn’t a huge fan of the combination. I was however a HUGE fan of their mixed berries pie, I think I inhaled it and then thought of getting seconds.
Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Photo credit: Minna Van for Hummingbird604.com

According to my cab driver, I absolutely had to visit Smitty’s Oyster House for their fresh seafood. Clams and Corona on a pier – why not.

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Gibsons (Guest Post by Minna Van)

Photo credit: Minna Van for Hummingbird604.com

And after dinner and lunch, I take a nice stroll along the seawall back to the beach where I do some more reading or just stare off into the distance and most of the time, I find myself completely hypnotized and lost in the sound of the clapping waves.

While there was no grand epiphany or realization to tell you about, I did however regain my ability to concentrate for long enough to do some thinking. I can hear my own voice for the first time in a while. While however fleeting my renewed ability to concentrate, I do know Gibsons will always be there for me when I find myself lost in the digital clouds.


You can read more of Minna’s thoughts on The Social Network Hub, The Network Hub’s blog

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Comments (2)

LisaAugust 31st, 2011 at 3:30 pm

What an AMAZING post. I am feeling exactly like this these days. I was thinking of heading out somewhere for the same reason — this sounds like a great option! Where did you stay?

Joy ChandnaAugust 31st, 2011 at 9:55 pm

love it Minna !! Great post !!

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