This second week of Walking Across Canada (figuratively) also wasn’t ideal. The thing about living in Canada is that you spend a chunk of your year living through WINTER. Pretty much no where in Canada can you escape it. Well maybe in Victoria, BC. But even they sometimes have to deal.
Here is my Summary for Week TWO:
Day 8 13.11km
Day 9 10.91 km
Day 10 12.36 km
Day 11 16.53 km
Day 12 14.5 km
Day 13 11.28 km
Day 14 14.05 km
Total kilometers walked January 12-18, 2018 was 92.74 km with an average active time of 16.5 hours. I’m averaging a pace of 5.62 km per hour.
That seems slow.
Well I guess it kind of was a slow walking week due to snow falling on Friday and then what I like to call “Invisi-rain” (a fine rain that you can’t really see, but you can definitely feel and see the evidence of after you come inside and find yourself soaking wet) happening on Saturday that turned into Freezing rain overnight. Ice coated everything. Sidewalks, steps, roads, tree branches, vehicles, dogs, people, you name it. It was SLIPPERY!
So yes, the walking this week was cautious and slow.
Ice Grippers a must!
There was a thin layer of ice created on top of the snow and the dogs had a hard time walking on it, because it wasn’t heavy enough to hold their weight and so they would break through, but it was strong enough to stay in big sharp pieces and I think it made walking rather uncomfortable for them. They would pick their way along behind me, carefully stepping in my tracks. A couple of times the ice and snowpack was strong enough to hold them but so slippery that a few times there were “Bambi on Ice” incidents with all four legs spread out and them helplessly gliding down a slope.
It continued to rain throughout the week, so the mornings were slippery and the afternoons were slushy and the evenings varied but tended to go back to slippery.
So up to date, I’ve walked 171.31 km since I started January 5th. If I started figuratively in Prince Rupert, BC that puts me past Terrace, BC and on my way towards Kitwanga, BC. Walking Highway 16 that would put me right around Usk, BC. But if I cut a straight line from Prince Rupert to Kitwanga, I would be only a couple kilometers out of Kitwanga, and will have passed by just below Nisga’a Provincial Park, which contains the Lava Beds from Canada’s most recent Volcano. (It happened in the 1770’s) The park is just north of Terrace, BC.
A few years back I went for an afternoon explore of Nisga’a Provincial Park. I look forward to going back to see it when it’s not raining and the clouds are higher. However even with dark heavy clouds it is a wild and fantastically beautiful place to see. Very isolated. And kind of spooky when the heavy clouds hang low and shroud the mountains. The streams and waterfalls within the Park are unearthly shades of aquamarine, turquoise, teal, cerulean, and sapphire. Impossible to capture on camera, though I tried.
When you see the wide spread of the lava rock over the valley floor, it is easy to imagine the horror and devastation the people experienced that day, and there was no cashflow from Red Cross coming in at that time or extra funds and resources from the government. They were completely on their own. Over 2000 people died when the volcano erupted. You can read about it and the oral legend surrounding it here.
To me it’s interesting that the oral legend has a caution in it for people who disrespect nature and the land, that it was because some kids did some nasty things to some fish that they thought they were cursed and Creator responded in kind. I know there are many people today who might laugh about that and shrug yet underneath actually believe the same ideology of this. That if you do something bad, bad things will happen and you probably deserved it. Or that God punishes evil by using a natural disaster to restore order.
I was raised in a Christian culture, where the Old Testament of the Bible was read and explained pretty much in this way to me. The story of Noah and the Flood for example is one. And apparently most ancient stories and legend go the same way. Humans do horrible evil things and the gods react in anger and wipe out all the bad evil humans and that is justice. For much of my life, I was kind of okay with that or at least it made sense. Bad people got justice. But as I’ve grown older it hasn’t set well with me as I’ve seen and experienced more in life to know this isn’t usually the case. Bad things don’t just happen to bad people, they happen to innocents and good people too. And that creates in me hard and burning questions.
Why do bad things happen?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why do bad things happen to innocents?
Did God cause this bad thing to happen to me? Or to you?
Does God curse humans?
Does God react violently in anger?
Is God justified to react this way?
I’ve been wrestling with these questions and others for years. I’ve been angry with God and upset with God and disappointed in what I supposed was His actions or reactions to an event. I’ve felt very hurt by what I supposed God was about. And so I’ve been devouring many books and listening to many podcasts and researching out what other people think about this. For some unknown reason, I can’t just let it go. And so I’ve kept on searching. I’ve kept on looking for answers or maybe even just a little peace.
And in some measure I have found peace and understanding over the years by discovering some pretty awesome resources that have given me hope and restored my confidence in God as a kind, compassionate, slow to anger, rich in love sort. The kind that cares deeply for the oppressed, and is fully against injustice and inequality. The kind that doesn’t cause evil but works to redeem it. The kind that renews, restores and resurrects. The kind that doesn’t just love people but is incredibly fond of them too.
This God, I came to know through Jesus when I was a child. But I forgot what He was like. So I’ve come back to Jesus, for He is the one who gives me the best idea of what God is like. (Or what I want God to be like). I don’t want what the ancients thought, or what the Greeks thought, or what the Romans thought, or the violent-loving Christians think, I want what Jesus was about—Freeing people from oppression, giving justice to the victim, and equality for all people. And every day, I look for that, in what I’m reading, in what I’m listening to or watching, in what I’m doing.
Anyhoo, back to walking I must go
For those who are interested, here is just a handful of Books and Podcasts that have helped me on my journey most recently.
Podcast The Bible For Normal People (pretty much every episode is a great learning experience!)
For the Love Podcast: Jen Hatmaker and Brene Brown
And if you like indepth Bible sermons check out the Restoration Project Podcast.