|Joan, last launch, near the ruins of the harbour at Auchmithie.|
"Base camp" means home. Pliny the Elder, the Roman philosopher, naturalist, author and military commander, said that "home is where the heart is". We've discovered that the heart can be in more than one place.
In an ideal sense, "home" is where there is love and acceptance. It is a place to both launch and land. It sends you away and welcomes you back.
As for now, the kayaks have been transported to the mystery-filled, incredibly beautiful Isle of Skye, where we will reunite with them, and live, later in the year.
|On the racks of the KIA KTV and on their way to Skye.|
In the meantime, it will be good to be back home in Base Camp 1 again, settled amidst the Douglas firs and the arbutus trees, the Cowichan "warmland", and Canadian family and friends.
|Waiting at the Glenelg - Skye ferry.|
Life can be very much like a ferry, leaving one shore for the next and returning, time after time.
|The "Glenachulish", the last turntable ferry in Scotland.|
Of course there's another way of looking at it, according to 17th century Japanese poet, Matsuo Bashō...and it's a very powerful perspective.
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
The "journey" itself is home. That resonates. I really like that. :)