Tomorrow I leave for the Queen Charlottes, a place I have dreamed of for many years. Even though I’ve been there before, I’ve never made it to the islands remote, sacred places. This time will be different, as I will spend the next four days on a sailboat. Navigating through deep cold waters, listening to the stories of raven, finally making my way to Gwaii Haanas.
My travelling companion is my friend and colleague Carla - I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I’m bringing the flip - she will be my muse. She is bringing the wine and I’ve been given the task of ensuring we have drugs for motion sickness, now’s as good a time as any to find out of we have a propensity for sea sickness.
Other isolated places I dream of visiting; Galapagos, Easter Island, Patagonia, Antarctica, Bhutan ( a country that decided to do away with gross national product, focusing instead on gross national happiness), Tibet, the Hengduan Mountains of China (birthplace of the flower), Finland.