Monday, May 5, 2014

O, Canada! A wilderness adventure

When Susan asked if I'd like to join in a women's outdoor adventure camp, I jumped at the chance.

Cave exploration. 
Cutting with chain saws.

Paddling on the lake.

As many fancy coffee drinks as you want
and scrumptious catered meals.


Which is how I ended up teaching wilderness journaling classes at Camp Imadene  on the shores of Lake Mesachie, on Vancouver Island.

I'm not sure who was more startled, the beaver or me when we met up by the shore but he slapped the water with his tail and I beat a hasty retreat.

Oh, the living beauty of that forest.
O, Canada!
Oh, the joy of rubbing shoulders with Canadian women.

Carpets of wildflowers at every turn...

I could have stayed outdoors sketching for days and never tired of it.

The women in my workshops seemed to feel the same.

I got to operate a chain saw, walk alone through a flowered meadow full of birdsong,
hold a falcon on my gloved arm.

Camp for grownups is a wonderful thing.

Oh, what refreshment!
We're missing out when we send just the kids to camp.

I can hardly wait for next year.
Carrie has decided to teach welding and Thelma's coming back for another session of healing plants.

And I get to teach wilderness journaling again.

Ahhhh. Wilderness.


Sharon Hermens said...

An adventure of a lifetime, I'd say. Thanks for sharing your exciting trip. I love Vancouver Island. More pictures please.

Barb said...

It sounds like the weekend was terrific! I love the picture of you cutting logs with a chain saw. What fun it was to read and see your blog today, Barb

Sharyn Sowell said...

Andi said...

I want to go next year!

Jeri Landers said...

Sharyn, you truly are an adventurer and world traveler. The photos just breathe of clean mountain air! I was going to email you, but since I am here anyway: Imagine my delight this morning whilst flipping through old magazines, to see my friend Sharon staring up at me from a page of Victoria Magazine, 2008! Apparently you were doing a workshop in Virginia at the time. You really do get around!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Sharyn - such beautiful pictures from what sounds like an extraordinary experience. Bet you made memories that will last a life time. Take care and have a delightful day.