Leaving Valemount

As I’ve discovered about most things to do with our Adventure, it allows one (that being me) to contemplate the raw edges of my psyche, that haven’t seen the light of day sine I left my life behind in Australia almost eighteen years ago, with nothing but two slightly battered suitcases. (and the knowledge that Mrs Widds would be waiting for me at the arrivals gate – which she was!)

Before we delve into those semi-uncharted depths, here a bit of a thing that tickled my fancy …

See anything unusual about this RV?

See anything unusual about this RV?

Let me enlarge it for you …

– ‘Stealth’ – I don’t think that word means what they think it means

– ‘Stealth’ – I don’t think that word means what they think it means

(with many thanks to The Princess Bride for the innumerable quotable quotes over the years)

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If you strip away all that is familiar, in a very brief period of time, the unfamiliar, the unknown, leaves you with nothing but your own inner resources to call upon when things go agely-googly. (as the do on an almost daily basis) I’ve discovered I don’t do at all well with that level of ‘unfamiliar’.

In a dollar store the other day, I felt scarily panicky wearing a mask.

You’d think that wearing masks for the last two years I’d be used to it, but no, my lizard-brain was convinced it was going to suffocate.

Later, after having a good cry and talking it through with Mrs Widds, I had to acknowledge that tiny self-judgemental ‘I’m not the sort of woman who gets the vapours’, give it a good smack, and accept that I am indeed, the sort of woman who can only deal with so many ‘unfamiliars’ at a time.

-oOo-

And so, here we are, ready for the next Adventure.

Arriving in prince George – About two hundred meters lower in elevation. Aspens, firs, pines, and tiny salmonberry plants. This is much more our kind of campsite.

24 comments on “Leaving Valemount

  1. this campsite has more privacy because of greenery. Have fun, thats the point!

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    • Widdershins says:

      We’re thinking of staying a bit long here, so when Summer eventually comes rolling in, that greenery is going to be so welcome. 🙂
      It was a relief, in a way to get the whole thing sorted out. Naming it. Now, I think I can move on and relax. 🙂

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  2. May the unfamiliar become more familiar

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  3. Ian Hutson says:

    Magnifibode scenery! Take time to breathe. 🙂

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  4. I suppose freedom can be a bit scary, if you’re not used to it!

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  5. I have so little energy daily that I can handle almost nothing some days; I know what you mean too well. Those unfamiliars suck energy out of the regular things, so you can end up getting even LESS done than usual.

    But you’ve made it so far, you and Mrs. Widds, that if you look back at the path you started and have completed, you’ll see your own strength and resourcefulness, even if right this minute the mask is more than you can bear. Breathe. Maybe go sit outside for a few minutes without the mask, and then decide if you want to or have to go back right now? Solve a small problem at a time?

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    • Widdershins says:

      Good advice, my friend. 🙂 … we’re heading into town tomorrow to get the truck brakes checked, and perhaps this time it’ll be a case of forewarned is forearmed, and I’ll have a plan to follow if need be. Not knowing what was happening was the scariest thing about the whole thing … that dastardly ‘unknown’ again, eh. 🙂

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  6. quiall says:

    Looks like a comfortable spot! And you know, given time, the unfamiliar will become familiar.

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    • Widdershins says:

      We’ve decided to stay here for a while longer, get to know the town, city really 🙂 … what we’ve seen so far we like … mind you, we haven’t ventured into the ‘downtown core’ … but then, we’ not ‘downtown gals anyway. 😀

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  7. Loving the video clips Widders. What a beautiful part of the world you inhabit and explore. Those stark mountain tops.

    Btw, in England, anybody can cite a ‘medical exemption’ in a shop/restaurant/pub etc so as to obviate wearing a mask. Even if you do not have such an exemption, your declaration cannot be challenged, even by police.

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    • Widdershins says:

      They’re well above the treeline up there. 😀 … wearing masks isn’t mandatory here anymore, (at last at the moment) but I’m in an ‘at-risk’ category so I was taking a bit of extra precaution. We’ll see how I go next time we’re out-and-about. 🙂

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  8. This campsite looks like my neck of the woods. Enjoy! Yes, adapting to so many changes daily can be a challenge, though like anything, it generally gets easier with practice. I hope your trails feel a bit smoother soon. Certainly a beautiful adventure!

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  9. acflory says:

    Beautiful countryside, Widds, and I like your new camp site too. The best part about setting off to travel the country is that you can do what you want, when you want. Find a good spot? Then stay. You can ease into all the pioneer stuff gently you know. You’re free. 🙂 -hugs- p.s. Thanks for the videos and keep ’em coming!

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  10. alisendopf says:

    Valmont is lovely. I hope you enjoyed your time there despite the snow and cold. If it makes you feel better, the Rockies are still snowbound as well. I’m heading to the mountains tomorrow and I’ll be bringing winter gear like microspikes and gaiters.
    Happy trails!

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    • Widdershins says:

      I absolutely loved it, we both did, but the gas pipeline has sucked up all and any accommodations. If we don’t settle anywhere else by the time the line’s in and done, (the locals say another two years) then we’ll certainly go back there. I just loved being surrounded by snow-capped mountains! 😀

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  11. alisendopf says:

    Oh my goodness. I didn’t know about the pipeline. Geez. It went from being a sleepy little place. I always think that if it’s meant to be, something will pop up.

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