Globe and Mail National Newspaper Article for Wild Root Journeys May 17, 2019

By Andrew Fleming

Paddling through choppy water off the west coast of Vancouver Island, I don’t hear the powerboat approach until she was almost upon us.

“Hey, do you guys want some fish?” the skipper says. One of four fiftysomething women aboard the small runabout, she explains they’ve caught more seafood than they can eat.

Shortly into a four-day sea kayaking excursion with Wild Root Journeys, our group of mostly novice paddlers still has plenty of food stashed in our hatches, but it’s hard to turn down freshly caught salmon and prawns.

“Don’t let them be too generous,” owner Silke Hockemeyer shouts over the wind as lead guide Agnes Seaweed Wisden heads off to secure the bounty to her bow.

This is good advice when visiting the territorial home of the Tseshaht First Nation, where the gift-giving tradition of potlatching – meaning “to give away” in Chinook jargon – remains alive.

….. Read more by clicking on the link! …

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/article-hidden-canada-the-2019-travel-guide-to-the-countrys-undiscovered/

 

 

Why it is impossible to feel disconnected in nature.

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One of my favorite reasons for wanting to spend so much time in nature is simply all the life, in all of the many forms that one can find, feel, smell and be a part of. It is truly something that just makes sense to me. We are part of this ecological world, and we have such an impact on this planet that we all call home. It is easy to forget sometimes, living in our day to day just how much we are connected. In nature it is nearly impossible to be amiss to all the connections, and it is what makes me feel so absolutely alive and at peace here.

From the vantage point of my kayak I look to see if the beach ahead is one that will be suitable to camp on. My kayak rises and falls with the tides, the same tides that have created the beach ahead. The eagles up above watch over me and no doubt their next salmon meal somewhere underneath. The salmon bones from that eagles meal will provide the nutrients to help make the trees stand tall, help them to fight off disease, and help strengthen their root system for the next wind storm that inevitably will come. Dare I catch a salmon for myself to snack on while I decide if this will be home tonight. I breath deep and thank all the living matter, for this rich salty fresh air that I breath in, and I think to myself, this, this is what life is all about. I cherish the cycles that are ever so present.

It is hard to feel anything but connected out here. This feeling can take us so so far. These trips are what sustains me when I am back in the city. I can close my eyes and come back here, to the flicker of the fire, the howl of the wind, the unexpected sea lion, the laughs that made me feel so in the present. The hardest usually seems to be getting out here, that is until you have to go home, then going home easily becomes the hardest.  Settling into the city never has the ease of settling in to nature.

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Climate Strike Vancouver Inspired by Youth

The emotions I felt approaching the #climatestrike in Vancouver were raw and powerful. I feel so proud to see youth enraged and standing up for what they know to be true and right. We are in a broken economical, political system that does not align with our earth’s systems and capacity. Youth are awake, adults are aware, so let’s help each other and our future, lets act. We are in a crisis and in such a state we need to treat this as a crisis. I am so proud of those who took that first step to take a stand here and around the world. I feel proud to witness this momentum which has finally begun to push off. My kid heart in me is cheering YES, we are finally waking up and we are going to move mountains. Take action where you can. Our ripple is infinite into our future. Our power is beyond scope, our power too is infinite.

This day of protest around the world was inspired by a 16 year ol Greta Thunberg. Lets always remember the power in us is great and when compelled to take action we can make waves. Here are her inspiring talks to the UN and to a Ted Talk audience.

 

Winner of A Day Out with Wild Root Journeys!!

Thank you to everyone who has shared the Facebook contest online and passed along Wild Root Journeys name to friends and family! I feel so honored to do what I do and am so grateful to my community who have shown me so much support. I will be running more contests in the future so keep your eyes peeled here and on other social medias including Facebook, InstagramYouTube, Pinterest and more
… the winner of a Day Out with Wild Root Journeys for themselves and 5 others is … Kate Barclay
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