The Grand BC Adventure Part V (Finale)

When I woke up on our final morning in Grand Forks I sat at the kitchen table in the basement where my Dad and I were staying. For quite some time I sat there silently, listening to the sounds which wafted down from the floor above. I think it would be a cool film, to witness a life unfolding only through sound. The highs and lows of an average morning. The dog running on the hardwood floor. The kids arguing. Parents going to work. The television. The shower. The skink runs.

Wow, I’m such a creeper.

Before we left I got to take a walk around town. I really wanted to visit the Charity Thrift Store. My Dad says it is the cheapest in BC. I expected to find old fabrics and history from the past 50 years but it is closed on Monday (which I suppose is the history and tradition I was seeking). The trip was very enjoyable and I learned so much but it was very different than I expected. I learned so much about my Dad and I’m glad I got to spend some time with him.

Things are not always as we expect, but expectations are made to be broken.

The Grand BC Adventure Part III

The next day of our trip I thought I was sleeping in but I actual woke up feeling pretty rested at 9:30. After lunch we set out to visit my Dad’s friends Steve and Randy. They live in Glade, which is about 90 minutes away from Grand Forks. We had to take a ferry over to get to it. They were so welcoming and very accommodating. When we first got there we didn’t see them and they didn’t answer the door so we walked around back and I saw this view…

SO AMAZING! I was like wow, I never want to leave! For dinner we made a salad with stuff from the backyard that I got to help pick, so amazing! We got to talking about this nearby town Nelson that has lots of vegan cafes and whatnot. Randy showed me this book about Nelson and it had this beautiful poem in it.

My Symphony

To live content with small means.

To seek elegance rather than luxury,

and refinement rather than fashion.

To be worthy not respectable,

and wealthy not rich.

To study hard, think quietly, talk gently,

act frankly, to listen to stars, birds, babes,

and sages with open heart, to bear all cheerfully,

do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,

unbidden and unconscious,

grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

– by William Ellery Channing

For dinner everyone else (Steve, Randy, their neighbor who stopped by and my Dad) had some fancy glazed salmon but I had grilled pepper/green onion (MMMM) with dal and the salad I helped make. After we ate they took us to the local waterfall. The waterfall is where they get their drinking water from in Glade (it is non-chlorinated and non-fluorinated. I miss it already)

It was so nice to walk and be surrounded by nature. They were asking me about the music I listen to and I told them about Jason Mraz. He’s reaching even remote parts of the world now! hehe.

They were also telling me about how they met my Dad and how they tried to start this community called “Harmony Farmstead Co-operative”. Basically several families bought a piece of land and were going to live on it but then they had disagreements and it fell apart. It reminded me a bit of what SuperForest Jackson is trying to do right now at Zero One, but I think Zero One will be a major success!

The Grand BC Adventure Part II

When I finally got on the road with my Dad we started our trek to Grand Forks, BC. Right after we started driving down the freeway I saw a hitchhiker with a sign that said “HOPE” I was too slow to get a photo but it inspired me so much. A few hours later I realized he was referring to the town in BC called “Hope”… not the verb haha! It was still cool though.

I think we left around 1:00PM and arrived in Grand Forks at about 7:00PM. My Dad has a house that he rents out in town so we stayed in the basement suite (which is in progress). There was all this old furniture in there that I hadn’t seen in ages, funny where stuff ends up. Right when we drove up we saw a CITY DEER which was super cool. I really wanted to just get away from technology and be with nature for a while so the seeing the deer was such a nice welcome.

We ate and then made out way over to my Dad’s friend’s place. It was really cool to meet the type of people they hug you even if they just met you and make you feel loved just with their state of being. We went rafting down the river near the property. The moon was so bright and it was beautiful. Just us and the water.

To see more photos from the trip I have an album on facebook posted here.

The Grand BC Adventure Part I

As some of you may know I spent the weekend on a road-trip with my Dad visiting his friends in the Kootenay’s and staying in the house he rents out in Grand Forks.

After Convocation finished I participated in the retreat for my Student Union (of which I am the Communications Officer… http://www.sfu.ca/iatsu) and ended up leaving Burnaby campus right before midnight. I went to bed around 2AM and got no packing done. In the morning my Dad called me so I rushed out of bed and started throwing stuff together. Luckily I had made most of my food (risotto with nooch for the trip up and strawberry cinnamon muffins with local strawberries for breakfast) already and only had to throw clothes together. I took the bus to the depot where I transfer to take the bus to my Dad’s. I had to wait a while for the bus to come and I noticed the Whalley Community Festival was in full swing so i went to check it out.

The city of Surrey had a survey booth set up talking about the future of waste collection in our city. There were three different options that they talked about (regarding bins and composting) and they also offered choices stemming around collection time (weekly or bi-weekley). 60% of garbage in Surrey is food waste. Personally, at my house we have a compost bin in the backyard which gets a lot of love from me but many of our neighbors do not collect their food waste. I think it’s awesome that the city wants to be more involved and is updating its system to adapt to the needs of modern society.

I think this initiative (though I am not completely sold on it yet) has awesome motivation behind it and will encourage more citizens to participate in composting. Way to go Surrey! I feel that the lower mainland is leading the way on this type of project, but maybe someone has outdone us…. [after some searching it appears Toronto has a Green Bin Program. I would love to learn more about how different cities deal with these issues].