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Sitting on my deck enjoying the cool evening air the other evening put me in mind of the dry summer we all just lived through.

I always liked hot, dry summers, swimming in the river and lake and just being lazy, but this summer was a little over the top even for a lover of summer like me. In fact it is still super dry in our forests and range lands and we still need to be careful, even if the government has lifted the fire ban.

I was sitting on my deck the other day enjoying some late winter sunshine which put me in mind of tuning the bike up and riding to work.
 
Riding my bike to work and home again keeps me in great shape and gives me time to think about problems I am struggling with. It also allows me to get a different perspective of the landscape I travel through. I do not just see but I hear, smell and feel the uphill and downhill of my travels. Often I see otters, beavers and all kinds of water birds in the backwater and main channel of Shuswap River along with deer, bear, lynx and moose in the pastures and fields.

I was sitting on the deck the other day, dressed appropriately, looking up at Proctor's Range looking for deer trails in the snow. I did not see the trails I usually see and began to wonder why. Could it be the wolves that have been coming back into this part of the country? Perhaps the cougars who regularly feast on the mule and whitetail deer, or perhaps even the coyotes who fare better going after deer in the deeper snow we are having this year?

I walked onto my porch the other day and saw my kayaks waiting for me to go for a ride, but then had a thought.

Bear with me.

I love the Shuswap River and spend as much time as I can either swimming when the water is warm enough, kayaking at times right through the year, or, just sitting on the rocks below the falls contemplating life. I like to explore the back waters and side channels and I know how lucky I am to be able to do these things on a relatively little used river system. I think the Shuswap River is a sacred place.

Now for that thought ...

I was sitting on my deck the other morning enjoying the view and the silence of the morning and it put me in mind of how lucky we all are to live in this valley. I live out here in the middle of nowhere because I like the silence and peacefulness of being alone, but not all of the time. That is one of the reasons why I try to help out with the Mabel Lake Community Club, because it gives me a chance to contribute to creating the kind of community I want to live in.

I was sitting on my deck the other evening, Park Mountain was completely socked in, and I wondered to myself why I should be worried about forest fires and being chased out of my home by the government. So I decided I did not need to worry about it but maybe I should try and do something about it. If you recall last time I told you I had written to the minister of emergency preparedness, well I have still not heard back from them so I had an idea …