2018 was a good year. We did some skiing, winter camping and took trips to Yosemite and Whitehorse. 2018 was also the year that Maelys and I started taking a bigger interest in the impact we have on the environment – both directly and indirectly, as well as being more aware of the impact others have.
The events that occur in this story happened on the second day of a 4 day paddle trip on the Sechelt Inlet…
Christmas 2017 was going to be a special one. It was the first Christmas that I was having with my Girlfriend, Maelys, and it was going to be the first time she was going to spend it without her family. We were going to make this one our own.
Bret is an award winning photographer hailing from the South of England. He’s spent the last few years photographing in sub-Saharan Africa, Amazon Rain-forest, the Arctic Circle and Australia as well as in his native land. 2016 was a big year for Bret having moved to Australia to further his photography career. And further it he did. He had been shortlisted in Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Bird Photographer of the Year and Australian Nature Photographer of the Year. In 2016 he won Australia Geographic’s Photographer of the Year in 2016 for the Threatened Species category and the two images shortlisted in Bird Photographer of the Year both featured in the accompanying book. In August 2017 he won the Gold Award in the birds in flight category.
It’s 4 am, on Christmas morning and I have just woken up. I’m not very hungry but I try to eat a little bit of breakfast and put on a coffee to help wake us up. My housemates Arno and Sam come out of their rooms dressed in their thermal layers. They sling their bags from over their shoulders and place them by the back door and join me in my strategic breakfast. In an hour we will be driving to a trail head just past Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia (30k north west of Pemberton).