In 2009, my Texas 4000 for Cancer teammates and I rode our bicycles along Dease Lake Highway 37 through Iskut, near the Sacred Headwaters. While in this region, we met people from the First Nations and they taught us about their traditions; we even got to see them smoke salmon. This whole place is just as beautiful as Wade Davis describes it. Stumbling upon this TED Talk during my lunch break today made me so nostalgic and driven to head up that way again at least once more during my lifetime.
Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks—on your body or on your heart—are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.
Wandering in the cool air and wilderness, and watching the leaves fall off trees. It all reminds me of this old school Fleetwood Mac song, “Sunny Side of Heaven,” from their aptly-named 1972 album, Bare Trees. Hope you love it as much as I do.
The real object of our love is not outside of us, the real object of our love is ourselves. We have to know how to love ourselves, know how to return to our true nature, to see the wholesome, the good, the true, and the beautiful within us.