Just in from an hour SUPping around Mannion Bay and Miller’s Landing. It is sunny and warm today – 5 degrees C – and there is not a breath of wind out. Â The water is so calm there isn’t even any swell in the Queen Charlotte Channel. Â Everything is flat and calm and quiet, like a long sigh.
I started out from Pebbly Beach and rounded the north point. Â Headed out towards Miller’s Landing for 20 minutes, and then sat on my board, bobbing on the sea. Â Out in the channel, a seal was splashing. Â No sign of the huge pod of hundreds of dolphins that had been spotted earlier this week of Cowan Point. Â Utter calm. Â Utter, utter calm.
It could have been a summer evening on the water except that there were no boats around. Â I had the whole of Howe Sound to myself.
Coming up from the beach I ran into Norma Dallas who owns the Bowen island Marina and we talked about what it feels like to be out on the water all alone on days like this. Â We agreed that the words to describe it are “humility” and “gratitude.” Â That we are alive to experience this is simply a gift. Â To have snow capped mountains and a calm ocean to hold me, is an incredible thing. Â To feel my smallness in all of that timeless beauty is a fine teaching.