So, it was a full and very restful week. We started at Dragon Flower Mountain and attended a beautiful ceremony dedicated to Kwan Yin, Compassion, in memory of the many Chinese people who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1800’s. A lot of history, a lot of very difficult circumstances. It was good to offer chants and incense to all beings. And really good to spend time with the monastic community there.
It was fitting that en-route we managed to walk a trail in the Fraser Canyon that was the remains of a very ancient First Nations trail, then used by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a fur trading route. Walking there was only a faint echo of what it would be like for those that used this route in the past. This was an alternate route above the Fraser Canyon walls, which were a dangerous traverse.
After the ceremony we spent time with a friend and his companion, Kali. The wildflowers were at their peak I think.
Then on to our friend’s cabin near Princeton. The wildlife that showed itself to us this trip included a couple of black bear, a moose that we watched swimming and feeding in a pond and countless deer and birds. Every morning we watched “Chipmunk TV” – a group of chipmunks in the woodpile near the cabin. I think I could comment, (likely not accurately) on the dominance and feeding patterns of the common chipmunk after a week of this! No good pictures, too bad about the moose ones in particular, they came out blurry. It could be that we were kind of excited.
Now, what does one knit in these circumstances? Something requiring little concentration, as I was watching chipmunks after all. These mitts are made from yarn brought to Canada from Hong Kong by a friend over twenty years ago, which languished in a closet all that time till she gave it to me. The yarn is a mystery blend of alpaca and wool and has a coppery undertone. These feel really supportive to wrists that spend a bit too much time tapping away on keyboards.