Friday, June 26, 2020 marked the day that I have lived as many days as my sister. In honour of this milestone, Spectre and I went for a day ride to continue this adventure we call life. It gave me time to reflect how the definition of adventure has changed over my lifetime, and often without me really understanding those life events as an adventure. Perhaps it is only as we grow older that we appreciate those experiences fully.
Tracey was a vigorous “learner” and threw herself into many adventures designed to gain knowledge and understanding of her world and the world around her. I carry her crystal with me on my adventures as my talisman and my reminder to be open and clear.
My adventure has often been in experiencing “the present” and trying new things. Being able to travel and experience different people and cultures and history has become important to me. At some point in my journey through Canada after her death, I wrote: “The thing about losing someone you love is that the intensity of all of one’s emotions is enhanced. Everything that is beautiful is achingly beautiful; everything that is sad is grievously so; everything that is joyful is sheer delight”. I think it should be a life goal to experience it that way – to give ourselves up to feeling the joy and beauty and grief when they occur, in their turn. Take all of your strengths and talents and share them generously with the world. Give up regret, learn from your experiences and embrace failures for the opportunities they provide to do better. After all, failure is not a stumbling block – it’s a launchpad for the next adventure!
So I take this opportunity to share some photos from my adventures and look forward to creating new ones. 😊 And to my Tracey, thank you so, so very much for your faith in me, your tolerance for your crazy little sister who just jumps into shit with both feet, and your unending love.
First 2 photos courtesy of Greg Samborski.
Two years ago today I was on the Top of the World Highway in the Yukon with Night Fury - my CTX 700. It was a goal to be there on my sister's birthday, whom I lost in a car accident 3.5 months before I began a journey through Canada. The loss changed the journey from an adventure to a compulsion and I took ashes with me, leaving some in every province and territory as I rode. Many times I thought I knew where ashes would be left and be surprised that it didn't feel right. She always told me when it was the right place. So the photos here are the 13 locations and the blog links are the stories of those days. Perhaps the photos will inspire someone for their own meaningful journey.
British Columbia – Bear Glacier: http://www.exploremynation.ca/british-columbia/yukon-ho
Yukon – Top of the World Highway: http://www.exploremynation.ca/yukon/top-of-the-world-with-tracey
Northwest Territories – Great Slave Lake: http://www.exploremynation.ca/northwest-territories/waterfall-chasing
Alberta – Gregoire Lake: http://www.exploremynation.ca/alberta/last-day-in-alberta
Saskatchewan - Tisdale: http://www.exploremynation.ca/saskatchewan/and-where-you-are-meant-to-be-you-are
Manitoba – Sally’s Beach, Lake Athapapuskow: http://www.exploremynation.ca/manitoba/catching-up-and-getting-spoiled-in-the-land-of-100000-lakes
Nunavut – Iqalugaarjuup Nunanga Park, Rankin Inlet: http://www.exploremynation.ca/nunavut/travelling-the-rankin-inlet-superhighway
Ontario – Kakabeka Falls: http://www.exploremynation.ca/ontario/pretty-peaceful
Quebec – Quebec City: http://www.exploremynation.ca/quebec/a-day-of-history-and-exploration
New Brunswick – Miscou Island: http://www.exploremynation.ca/new-brunswick/miscou-macdonald-miramichi-moncton-a-whole-lotta-ms
Nova Scotia – Cape Breton: http://www.exploremynation.ca/nova-scotiacape-breton/andtheres-murphy
Newfoundland – Lobster Head Cove: http://www.exploremynation.ca/newfoundlandlabrador/road-to-rocky-harbour
Prince Edward Island – New London: http://www.exploremynation.ca/prince-edward-island/a-perfect-day