Started out in sunshine. Misjudged how far Saratoga Beach was as we began in the southern end of Campbell River and then discovered the resort was 2.5 km off the highway. Still, we had a reservation and only 25 km tomorrow so off we went. In the event, it was worthwhile. A beautiful location right on the ocean.
All day we walked with the ocean a stone's throw away. We were graced with eagles, ducks, sea birds and one lonely heron. Every bird was actively after food except the heron who relaxed on a big stone, seemingly waiting for something to float by. Another interesting mystery in God's great creation.
We had company today. First off, Phil Zimmerman walked for about 1 km with Bishop. After morning break, Idrus Rees-Hughes joined us for 6 km. Jim Holland spent the first of several days with us all the way.
As we left the highway toward the resort, a surprise - a big blue pickup pulled off the road right in front of us. Maureen Ritter from Black Creek stepped out and said, "I don't participate in organized religion." to which Bishop replied, "That's OK, we're Anglicans ... " Maureen had heard of the Journey, had a background in helping victims of residential schools, and wanted to meet and thank the Bishop for what he was doing. Hugs and a substantial donation followed. God at work again, well beyond the Anglican Church.
In reflections at day's end, we all marveled at the beauty we had encountered. We identified the issue of balance in the silence of our walk through the wilderness of north island compared to the noise of traffic of this day.
Bishop reflected on a conversation he had Sunday evening with a woman whose husband taught in a residential school - "he was a good man and teacher and abused no one." This conversation caused us all to reflect on the implications of the different ways of conceptualizing these schools.
A day filled with the beauty of God's creation; a day in which we thanked God for the opportunity that the Sacred Journey has presented to us (Jim and Doug mentioned the joy of time to do no more than just be).
And of course, God had one more message as the day ended - a glorious rainbow ending in the sea.
Blessings to all.
Wayne for the team