It’s been a few weeks now since I’ve returned from exploring Kyuquot Sound, Bunsby Islands, Cuttle Islands, Acous Peninsula and South Brooks Peninsula. What an amazing place!
I wasn’t sure how to collect my thoughts and my experience but a few things stand out to me now.
There seemed to be a vast sense of emptiness, it was so quiet and calm. I know this is typical in a very remote wilderness environment but this was different. It was as if no one had ever been there before, like it wasn’t even real and truly didn’t even exist. I’m not sure what it means, or why I think this, maybe it doesn’t mean anything at all and this is just my own sense of contemplation. Maybe I need it to be this way. As I think back, it seems like it was a transition to a clean slate, removal of clutter, a new beginning of sorts.
There’s powerful and mysterious forces at work, especially on the Brooks, things we will never understand. Whatever the reasoning, I’m grateful for places like this that actually do exist and that can cleanse the mind and soul.
Well said…I think when we go to places like this we leave behind certainty and (re) discover mystery. It is when we can embrace mystery that there is a “reset” of sorts…perhaps a “centering” and we return to the world changed somehow. I love that last picture.