Hey guys! Well, I am back from the wilderness and jumping back into life in the big city…that’s how Calgary feels compared to the remote but beautiful area of Anahim Lake, British Columbia. Mikey and I took off to our friends’ Pat and Lee’s ranch, The Precipice, in a gorgeous valley an hour’s drive on a gravel road from Anahim Lake and used the experience as a retreat for other young adult cancer non-profit/charity founders. We chatted about topics such as burnout, loss (personal and online via the large network we know through conferences and the like and whom we stay connected to online) and sustainability. It was insightful, fun and amazingly restful, especially before our full summer that is just around the corner! Here’s a glimpse at our amazing few days away where there just might be more bears than people…
The flight alone from Vancouver to Bella Coola (and then to Anaheim Lake) is absolutely stunning. I’ve flown over mountains plenty of times, but never through them…We were down among the mountains flying into a place I really didn’t know existed! We definitely were NOT sleeping on this flight of 16 people.
So excited when we started seeing the mountains!
Landing briefly in Bella Coola:
When we arrived, Lee greeted us in Anaheim Lake and we drove the long road in to the Precipice. On the way in, we saw some deer and a yearling moose (a baby – healthy looking, and huge!) – and this was just the start.
Our little cabin was amazing… As the only couple, we were put into Jack’s Cabin, a beautiful little spot right next to Pat and Lee’s main house.
This was the start of seeing many bear sightings – black bears and grizzlies alike! The rest of the day consisted of us being pumped up on excitement of seeing bears and lots of catching up and talking. It was great, and we all went to bed excited about being out in the wilderness.
Each morning there was lots of coffee and quiet time – well, for Mikey and I. 😉 We read and enjoyed the bug-free mornings in the bright, warm sun on the deck while the others chatted away – they got right to it but I couldn’t resist time on the porch before the day began.
Every morning was more or less free time (although the week was very loosely structured) followed by some kind of movement depending on the bears and weather. We hiked up to the top of the cliffs for a great view and some fun shots on the first full day:
Lee, Mike, Mikey; me, Pat and Lorna
Of course there was time for some “fun” (scary?) shots once the rest of the group started walking back… Can’t take too many shots in front of people who get scared of heights too much. 😉
The food all week was amazing…I didn’t snap many photos but I loved every bite! From ribs on the BBQ outside to hotcakes to bacon and eggs to Mexican night, we ate well, all thanks to Lee’s cooking! All real food, all deliciousness.
intermingled with lots of animal time:
We fed the cows (or watched as Lee did with his tractor) and I was on a mission to make friends with the calves. They ended up getting close and sniffing me! And I made good friends with Gypsy, the brown horse too. 🙂 I’m not around animals a lot so this was pretty neat for me.
…and there may have been some walks and even one workout thrown in there too. But only 1 all week! I was very rested.
It was an amazing time and Mikey and I are so grateful for the experience we had at The Precipice. Thank you for sharing in the fun of the pictures and following along for the ride! Thanks so much to Lee and Pat for hosting us, feeding us, sharing the experience with us and to Mike and Lorna for the conversation and time together. …and thanks Mikey for good moments connecting, reflecting on Survive & Thrive, the chance to rest and reset together and for the “stand there and look away!” photos. 😉
What a trip! I’m so grateful to have a life that is flexible and free and unconventional and that allows for space for moments like this. And now…back to life with other kinds of animals and surprises in the city! 😉 I’ll catch you soon, guys. Live well & be well!