Back to the source – Rene Caisse’s home town Bracebridge, Part 1
The road was new to me, as roads always are going back. ~Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country Road of Pointed Firs, 1896
What a week it has been. We've gone back to the source..me for the first time, but for Mali Klein, the road going back did look familiar.. Mali, over the course of nearly two decades' worth of writing and researching the history of Rene Caisse and Essiac, has witnessed Rene's legacy in this place pass from its youth into the 21st century. Mali's writing partner Sheila Snow lived her whole life here. Sheila worked with Rene Caisse directly during the last years of her life. She wrote one of the first Essiac books, The Essence of Essiac, as well as an article for the Canadian Homemaker magazine entitled "Could Essiac Halt Cancer?" which played a major role in putting Bracebridge on the map in the 1970s. Sixteen years ago she showed Mali the sites to see for the first time, just as Mali shows me today. How can I express the impression its made? Like the autumn colors, there's a lot to contemplate and it comes in many shades, covering many emotions. Its been an evolution and I am left with a feeling of more roads to take back..
Day 1 - Monday, October 1, 2012
Uh-oh!!! Flight left early and without me! Hoping this week only gets to rolling smoother..Instead of arriving at Toronto in the late afternoon, I wound up there in the late evening. Bracebridge or bust, tomorrow!!
Day 2 - Tuesday, October 2, 2012
What a beautiful place Muskoka is this first week of October. The Canadian Thanksgiving is next Monday, and everyone makes this trip north to Bracebridge, and 'cottage country' to enjoy the last vestiges of mild days and the beauty of the maple and other trees that are turning all shades of yellow, gold, orange and red. Mali and I were going to rent a car and drive to Bracebridge, but I am delighted to be on the bus instead, able to gawk all I want, and visit without having to be thinking about operating a motor vehicle in a foreign country! We arrive at our lodging on lovely Lake Muskoka and the weather is just a little overcast but basically ideal early fall weather and just a few minutes south of Bracebridge, where the real adventure awaits.
Day 3 - Wednesday, October 3, 2012
We begin the day on the road to Bracebridge. I am being the typical tourist, taking pictures of the fall colors, and highway signs with the word 'Bracebridge' on them! Mali patiently endures the stardrops in the eyes of this one who is seeing these sites for the first time. Then suddenly, there are the Bracebridge falls, and just beyond there, Rene Caisse's statue!!
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