"I saw a petroglyph today on the highway that I have been passing for 38 years...Open my eyes and now I see. This has been a journey of awareness for me. I am very thankful to be part of it. Wi’la’mo’la" - Deborah Murray, A fellow traveller
As we shared our response to his challenge of yesterday to "pay attention," our reflections included:
- alders grow quickly in places where the fire of clear cuts have wiped out the other trees. Alders seem to be 'holding place' until the cedars, the firs, the spruce and the hemlock grow tall and then give way, dying and returning to the earth.
- nature has a way of getting where it has to be, evidenced by the waterfalls, some mere trickles, others much bigger, that cascade out of the woods as we pass by.
- nature is the consummate sustainer, using all her resources. We see moss growing on rocks, small trees growing out of felled trees, and we wonder from whence the sustenance.
Today we saw a petroglyph on a large road-side rock; something you can not possibly see from a speeding car.
Randy Bell, whom we met at the Murray's house, tells us this is a mark of where two First Peoples' territories meet.
And two ravens flew over us as we walked.
So, while feet and legs suffer a bit, we approach each day with anticipation.
Jeff leaves us tomorrow with some reluctance on his part, and we will miss him. Reports likely to be shorter henceforth.
Best wishes to all; may you be blessed as we are blessed to be on the journey. Your prayers for good weather are working so please keep it up.
Wayne for the team