Tulameen, Princeton, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Castlegar, Nelson, Crawford Bay, Cranbrook. I remember so clearly sitting with friends in Vancouver not so long ago and talking about these spots along The Great Trail and feeling pangs of anxiety thinking about how far away they were, wondering if I’d actually be able to walk the path and pace I planned.
I’ve now arrived at the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, walking through the traditional lands of the Ktunaxa / Kootenays. It’s surreal. The last stretch has been stormy and wet with rain and snow through the Purcell Mountains and I’ve got a good stretch ahead in grizzly territory on the High Rockies Trail, officially leaving my home of the last five years in beautiful B.C. behind.
All of the feels: achievement, amazement, grizzly fear, sadness to be leaving BC at last, and a heart so full of gratitude.
With respect and thanks to the #sḵwx̱wú7mesh #tsleilwaututh #musqueam #stolo #stzuminus #nlakapamux #syilx #okanagan #sinixt #ktunaxa whose lands I’ve been grateful to walk through these past six weeks. 🌿🙏✨