When the road takes over

For me, the best part about traveling is just letting go and seeing where the road will take you. Of course, you never let go entirely, but there is a wonderful sense of putting your finely crafted plans aside and just connecting with the rhythm and place of your journey. Today I traveled from Grand Prairie, Alberta, to Fort Nelson, British Columbia, about 370 miles. Not much here, but a wonderful little town, with incredibly friendly people. Why — and how — do people live here, where winter reigns for six months out of the year and temperatures commonly drop to -40? Here’s what the people said when I asked that question: I grew up here; I found a job here; I met my spouse in Edmonton and he’s from here. Why does anyone live anywhere? And yes, on my way to Fort Nelson, I passed a lynx, crossing the road, and two black bears, one sauntering along the highway only 20 yards away. I didn’t have the chance to ask why they chose to live where they did.

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  1. We all have our gifts and yes, you are a talented writer. Loved reading this blog…very touching, adventurous and exciting, but please bewar the Bar especially when camping!!!

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  2. Great photos and lyrics, Jim. Did not realize how far along you’ve gotten on your journey. Gotta get to Banff real soon, before everyone wants to go there!
    Continued happy trails, friend👍

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  3. Jim,

    You are living the dream. Good for you. Sounds like the trip is exceeding your expectations which is great.

    Things are good here but still cold. Again, the quality of our scramble golf is deteriorating since you left but we are struggling along.

    Keep sending those great pictures as we can enjoy the trip with you.

    If the Bears start winking at you it is time to come home.

    Peace.

    Bob

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    1. Bob: I can’t believe the quality of play has suffered that much!?! A lot of black bears so far, but no grizzlies. I’m good with that. Stay off the board on Wednesday!

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  4. Enjoying your photo journey, Jim. Thank you for sharing.
    A Gary Snyder thought came to mind after I read your recent post, so I’ll leave you with it. It is from “The Practice of the Wild” (p9).

    The world is nature, and in the long run inevitably wild, because the wild, as the process and essence of nature, is also an ordering of impermanence.

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    1. Maureen: Love the Gary Snyder passage. Saw him receive the Robert Creeley award in Acton a few years back. He’s one of my heroes. Thank you.

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