A Perfect Ten – 2014

Hey there. I took a break from just about everything ‘widdershins-y’, I was starting to get way too squirrelly for my own sanity … one of those times when ‘whelmed’, which is the global default these days, tips over into ‘overwhelmed.

Β The squirrels are now back where they belong, and my sanity is … well, back where it belongs too.

Onwards and forwards, I say!

So … continuing my countdown to my blog’s 10th Anniversary on 27th September this year, I’m revisiting what I posted on or around that date each year.

First, my only post for September 2014 (I may or may not have deleted any others in the ‘Great Blog Post Emendation’ of July 2020) was on my Birth Day (not unsurprisingly) and the nearest other one was on the 12th October,Β which was the only one for that month too. (looks like posts were suspiciously thin on the ground that year, my ‘Emendations’ not-with-standing)

The September one focuses on a certain rodent, so we’ll avoid that one entirely, shall we?

The other refers to our first jaunt into the ‘Interior’ (as any parts of British Columbia not fronting the Pacific Ocean are referred to) that started the cement-ation of where we wanted to make our ‘forever’ home, off the Lower Mainland (think coastal temperate rainforest – emphasis on the ‘rain’) where we currently reside. (that we were finally going to set forth and discover this year – best laid plans of mice and lesbians, eh?) … anyway …

We had lots of adventures on our 2014 trip, but the two highlights, (well, three really, but I’ll get to the third one in a moment) were getting to walk out onto a real live glacier …

There’s something wonderfully uplifting and heart-wrenching at the same time at being in the presence of awe-inspiring manifestations of Mother Nature, in my case the Athabasca Glacier, as they not-so-slowly reach the end of their life. At best we can only bear witness, and change our behaviours accordingly as we go forward from that moment.

… the second highlight was Lussier Hot Springs, a natural hot spring that rises next to the Lussier river and flows through a few natural pools (with a few additional carefully placed rocks) right into the river itself.

I have to tell you, I could’ve stayed, wallowed, in that gloriously hot mineral-y water for ever.

The third highlight, more of a realisation really, was that throughout the entire trip both Mrs Widds and I felt so much more energised at the higher, much higher, elevations. (Lussier hot springs is about 1000 meters (3,600 feet) above sea-level. Here on Widder Island we average out at 3 meters (9’10”), on a good day)

Knowing that we both wanted to get off the coast was the first step toward our ultimate ‘Wunder-Luster’ adventure … which is a perfect segue into …

… a bit of good news on the Wunder-Lusters front. Nothing spectacular, mind you, but it is forward movement. After a long hiatus we’re now able to get on with the renovations to our travel trailer. Parts and materials are becoming available, and if all goes well, we may even be able to have a bit of a pootle to a local campground and ‘road-test’ all the new bits.

Lussier Hot Springs – photo by Jim Clark. Pool hot, river cold, very cold!

30 comments on “A Perfect Ten – 2014

  1. TanGental says:

    Cool, love it when nature bubbles out of the ground like that. And glad your back down the whelmed spectrum again.

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  2. I trust we will eventually be learning about your further travels

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    So pleased you have some forward movement at last!

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  4. quiall says:

    Yeah! Forward motion is the best kind. I stood on the Columbian Ice Fields in Jasper in the late ’70s in the exact same spot my grandfather stood on just after WWI. I have the pictures to prove it. The power of Mother Nature is awe inspiring. Not too shabby for a ‘girl’!

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  5. The Lussier Hot Springs are pretty cool. Glad you got to enjoy one of Nature’s wonders.

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  6. Molly Martin says:

    I always enjoy your blog, though I can’t seem to “like” it. Let’s see if WordPress will let me leave a message. Weird as I have a WordPress blog too!

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  7. Sandra Walsh says:

    Hoorah! All appendages crossed for you both πŸ˜‰

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  8. acflory says:

    Excellent news about the Wunderluster campaign! Onwards and upwards, literally. πŸ˜€

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  9. That sounds like a great trip… especially the hot springs. I hope you get to take more trips like that in the future. πŸ™‚

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  10. Kate Duff says:

    Where are you Widds? Are you squirrelling again? Miss you about.

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