It was a stroke of amazing good fortune to meet with Val last night at the Extinction Rebellion protest at Woodgrove Mall. (which was successful and energetic and which drew tons of attention – even Santa got into our groove!).
Val is one of the loveliest people I met in the Kootenays and now she is temporarily here. So today we met up at the Mount Benson parking lot and hiked for 4.5 hours. And Abby came – and she did that whole time, climbing up and down much steeper than I had anticipated. And she loved it. Well – she loved sitting down on the top Westwood Ridge and eating half my PB&B sandwich. And part of Val’s apple!
At any rate, hiking with Val was wonderful because it was exploratory – up and down all the trails I wanted to mentally map and it turned out perfect. Got them all in my mental GPS. We went up Benson almost to Cougar Bluffs, then down and across the ridges – all the ridges and then back down and across to our starting point.
Val loves rambling. She loves taking tons of photos. Best of all, she hikes for the same reasons I do – it feels good but chiefly, she is awed by the beauty of nature. We were floored by all the exact same things and I’m pretty sure our photos are perfect duplicates of each other.
So it all added up to a splendid day.
And the best part of today? Love. Not only being able to love Simon from my heart and soul – but knowing it is received.