A wonderful friend, Hylton Harrington, picked us up at the condo and delivered us to Greyhound, where we caught the bus from Kelowna to Vancouver. The drive was beautiful, relaxing and comfortable. The only sad part was seeing the impact of hungry beetles on the forests between Kelowna and Merritt. Miles of rust-covered trees, punctuated by clearcuts, were reminders of the shift in climate that’s given hungry beetles a chance to feast on pines.
Friends picked us up at the station next to Coquitlam’s Ikea mega-store. Today we walked with them for miles along Pitt Meadows dikes, with mountains in the distance, blueberry farms and horse acreages to each side, a glorious sun overhead.
The ambivalence of leaving our beloved home is already giving way to the excitement of adventure.