Posted by: cherylyoung | February 18, 2012

Day 5 on Vancouver Island – Be alone with nature


nahlin river

Nahlin Ricwe

Be Alone With Nature

A lynx watches silently while I cook dinner on the Nahlin River. 

 A Grizzly and her two cubs emerge at dawn from the shadows of the Kimsquit Valley, unaware of my presence at the forest edge.  A harbour porpoise feeds just off the bow of my kayak in the Boughton Archipelago


Some of my favourite moments in nature, I have shared with on one.  Part of the reason is practical: more people; more noise, less chance of spotting wildlife. 

The greater reason is the uniquely intangible gift of one-on-one experience with nature. 

 As 19th century American author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau put it:

Nature adhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled:”

Your walk needn’t be a solo wilderness trek, although I have done such hikes for as many as 10 days and know them to be life-altering experiences-made safer these days by satellite phones and personal locator beacons. 

Nature is everywhere, even in the city, if we are not too preoccupied with the trappings of our modern existence to realize it. 

 The solace we seek, and the undivided attention nature deserves, can be as close as the wooded park down the street or the unoccupied stretch of beachfront. 

The first step is up to you.

Black taile deer – Savary Island

black tailed deer





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