Monday, April 13, 2009

You ever have one of those days?

Our life, to be blunt, has been somewhat in the hellish range of fun for the last month or so. Stress. Cancer. Death. Surgery. Funeral. Sickness. You know, all those fun words that suck the very life out of you.

Shel and I decided that we needed a FUN day. Somehow, someway we needed a day with the boys that was not the same. We needed to just forget, even for a little while, that which is all consuming at the moment.

We packed up the boys (and their associated 6 bags of snacks) and the dogs, called some good friends and headed out into the local wilderness. Farwell Canyon, found down a lonely ranch road, is a place of amazing beauty where a hundred or more years ago some Pioneers set up a homestead, and for many more hundreds of years before that, the First Nations People of the Chilcotin River have dip netted for salmon there. Its a majestic place surrounded by hoodoos and pictographs and to be along the river inspires awe.

From down below along the river we could see tiny people on the edge of what appeared to be a sand dune. We have heard of the mystical sand dunes of the area from other locals for many years, but neither my friend Max who has lived in the area most of her life, nor we, had ever been able to find them.

To all of us that sounded like an adventure we could not resist. And without a doubt it was worth every single moment. What we found, nestled in the wild mountains was something that I can not describe in a way that does it justice. What it was was a natural sand dune in the middle of a range of mountains that cradles a gorgeous, winding river. Follow the trail through the sage bushes (watching for ticks the whole way!) and what you discover is this amazing, glorious, absolutely unmatchable piece of wilderness that makes you remember how Glorious a world we live in. And remember we did.

And I didn't think of cancer once while I was there and that is a gift in itself.


Andy said...

What an awesome day!

Lori Lavender Luz said...

Oh my, Jen. The magnitude of the beauty in the pix is matched by the weight of all the things you're dealing with.

I looked at some earlier posts and got caught up.

I am so sorry about your dad and your Nan, and for what your son (and you) have endured at school. I'm sending healing thoughts to your dad, and I hope that things are going well for Greg.

As for your news, I am shell-shocked just from reading it. I will be holding you in my thoughts as you approach May 11.

If it means anything, here is what Louise Hay has suggests as an affirmation for kidney dis-ease:

Divine right action is always taking place in my life. Only good comes from each experience. It is safe to grow up.Not sure how much of that will resonate with you, but know that I am wishing you the best.

Di said...

So glad you had such a great day! I had no idea that there were sand dunes up there. So cool! Great pics.

Julia said...

Wow! It looks fabulous there! We may have to make a little trip down there some day! I'm so glad you got out with your family and had a great day!

Maxine said...

Was a wonderful day I'll remember forever... can't wait to go back!

One Busy Momma said...

Wow... what a beautiful area!!!!

Remember to keep making these days for yourself and your family!

Healing thoughts to you!