I love to be alone in nature. The quiet solitude of a hiking trail is a welcome respite from life in the city. My husband and I can hike for hours together in total silence. Not the uncomfortable, stone cold silence of a marital spat. Instead a warm, comfortable silence created from our shared love of the outdoors. Mother Nature often rewards those who tread lightly. Sounds of the wind, a thundering waterfall, a babble of a brook or the call of a bird come to those who are patient. One of my favourite places to connect with nature is Lynn Canyon Park on Vancouver’s North Shore.