Nakusp

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Today was a long, long drive: all the way from Tete Jaune to Nakusp. The drive took us down 5 (Yellowhead), through Kamloops over to Revelstoke, then down 23, including a ferry crossing of Arrow Lake to Nakusp. We rolled into our RV site at about 6. I was done. Simon had enough energy to set up the RV and dash into town to grab some beer and get a feel for the community.

He really is my hero – doing everything that he does including the long, long drive. He kept us both entertained by babbling (he calls it amusing conversation). Just because I laughed doesn’t mean I condoned the prattle.

It’s a good thing I love him anyway.

Sometimes, like today, I almost step outside my body or beyond who I am and marvel at my life. We left the mountains and were thrown suddenly into wilderness and then almost desert-like conditions. Then, just as suddenly, we approached the mountains again – and then, here we are in a broad valley ringed by tall hills overlooking a lake. To think that yesterday we were high in the Alpine in the pristine Rocky Mountains. Today, we may as well be on another planet.

It’s almost more disconcerting than flying to another country and stepping into a new world.

I also had thoughts about my life. Where I’ve been. Where I’m going. What is my purpose now? What do I leave behind? What mark? Is there really sense in life? Am I repeating patterns without being fully conscious of them?

I have many questions and few answers. The questions, however, are the key. If I keep asking, I keep looking and, hopefully, learning. And so, life goes on.

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