Today I had the pleasure of hiking on the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail (LCRT) just outside of Bower on Vancouver Island. This simple trail showcases the beauty of a rare Coastal Douglas Fir Forest. It is also home to Sitka Spruce that commonly grow over 70 meters tall.
The path is level-grade, making it an easy hike. Its South Loop (2.5 km) has been upgraded to accommodate both wheelchair use and visual impairments. Eye-catching and informative signs along the way offer glimpses into the forest’s residents and unique history. These signs also display a sense of humour, nicely illustrated by the one stating, “The best way to identify a Sitka Spruce is to grab a bunch in your hand. The sharp pointed needles on all sides will surely give you something to remember it by.” Ouch!!
Every time that I am privileged to hike on such an amazing trail, whether here or much farther away, I am continually awed by the same thought. Countless men and women (many of them volunteers) turned vision, passion, and determination into something that we can all enjoy today…and would have otherwise lost. No words can express my gratitude.
Making this hike even more remarkable, I was able to share it today with Deb, The Widow Badass. Deb is on the Island visiting her daughter. I was delighted that we were able to meet. As soon as she opened the door, it was like I was being greeted by a long-time friend. Spending time with Deb quickly confirmed that she is all of the things that she appears to be on her blog, i.e., a highly engaging, curious, can-do, take-no-prisoners kind of gal.
When we began chatting, we both solemnly agreed that neither of us wished to write a book (although we both greatly admire those who do). By the end of our visit, I was completely convinced that Deb MUST write her memoir. I totally want to read more of her story. If you are currently unfamiliar with Deb’s blog, I highly encourage you to check it out here. Her words are both moving and inspirational!