Two Instead Of One
After learning some things in December, I decided to give it (living outdoors in the winter in a rainforest in a shitty tarp structure) another try. It was almost as much of a disaster as it was in December. I finally gave up and went back to town.
I started again in April, 2008, except now I was a “boyfriend” whose “girlfriend” was apparently interested in some of this Off The Grid stuff. So now I was thinking and planning for two people.
Here is the first entry.
The goal was to push my mountain bike as far as I could along that high flat part of the road, stash some things there, come back with later more, then push right down along an old abandoned road (north) to a creek, where I wanted to build a small cabin, and where I would have access to the sea, if the shitty little road went that far (on my map it claimed to go along the way to the coast).
Spent the rest of the spring in Chilliwack. Went out again in July, 2008, this time with Aaryn. I had already established a stashpoint and we were putting up a camp in the nearby forest.
Soon we set off down that “road” to see how far the creek was, as well as the coast (Salmon Inlet), were we planned to do a little fishing.
The next few entires are about my initial trek beginning in May, 2009. It consists of me going back to the buildsite (where Robin and I had worked in October the previous year, and where I had stashed nearly everything.
Here is what I found when I returned there.
Thus began the salvage operations all the while dealing with the weather and forest and the fact that I hadn’t enough cigarettes and was about to withdraw from a) nicotine, b) codeine, c) music, d) caffeine, and e) all people including the female with whom I had been invovled. For the next 25 days.
Saw some elk one day, and it nearly made all the suffering worthwhile.
The plan was to wait for Aaryn at Grey Creek, then move everything further down the Richardson Lake road, take the turn-off towards the ATV trail, and find the big creek there and determine if there was anywhere there we could build a cabin.
The thing was, Aaryn was bringing her cats…to set them loose, apparently.
And of course Aaryn was not coming out to do hard labour; she saw it more of a vacation, initially. Anyway, we had to take some time off here and there, before returning. Also, she had to go home to fix her unemployment stuff and so I was alone there for a while, during the hottest, driest summer in recent memory.
At one point, climbing back up the mountain in the heat, I reached the end of my tether.
And here I get into what happened after all this.