It’s the waves that lap the pebble beaches lined with cedar driftwood. It’s the mountains that rise above orca and humpback filled waters. It’s the cascade of glaciers that fill the rivers of untouched valleys. It’s the grizzlies and eagles that lurk above the salmon spawning rivers. It’s a connection with our wild side. The pacific spirit is a bond with the environment that lines western shores. From surf to spines, from board to planks, sandals to boots, there are many ways in which we interact with this environment. The Pacific Spirit is not something that you’re born with, it’s something that grows in you as you come to learn and meet the natural world of coastal mountains, and temperate rainforests lining the Pacific Ocean.
The Northwest Coast is a special place ecologically, culturally and historically. The spirit of this environment has lived on in the hearts of First Nation's peoples on the coast since time immemorial. It continues to grow and evolve in those of us who live and explore in these special places. Acknowledging, paying tribute to and passing on this spirit is something that I feel is important. I urge you to learn about Northwest Coast First Nations mythology, First Nation History and ancestral territories; I urge you to learn about the settlement history, the logging and fishing history, the shipwreck and gold rush history; I urge you to learn about about the ecological systems, the biodiversity; I urge you to play a part protecting these places, using them responsibly and in the overall management of these places.
"When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty." - John Muir, 1915
“…, each trip into the mountains is somehow akin to spending a long time with a person. Slowly the many facets of their personality are revealed and slowly a deep friendship develops between the climber and the mountains.” –John Baldwin, Explorer of the Coast Mountains
“You’re just focused on the landscape, and your whole city existence and the circumstances of your life become a very vague, distant memory.” –John Clarke, Explorer of the Coast Mountains
As an afterthought... Seem to be a lot of good quotes from guys named John..