Squamish and fishing for stories

I love writing. It feels good to have a thought move from brain through body and out my fingertips, forming physical words on a screen or page. Visual manifestations of my experiences that I can then share with others, inspiring readers, perhaps, to get out there and experience something new or familiar or encounter something in nature that has the power to transform, renew, challenge, inspire.

Get Out There is the magazine Mason and I are looking at pitching to for this episode of underEXPOSED. An outdoor lifestyle magazine that encourages people to, well, get out there and play in all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Since that’s exactly what the show is about, it seems like this magazine pitch is pretty natural.

So here I am in Squamish – an outdoor sports Mecca, right here in B.C. – and we’ve been able to taste the best of what this beautiful place has to offer. From climbing and mountain biking to hiking the Chief – an iconic mountain with cultural significance to the Squamish Nation – and fly fishing with an amazing soul named Brian (owner of Whistler Fly Fishing) and Hereditary Squamish Chief Ian Campbell… phew! Well, the week has apparently been run-on-sentence-worthy (and compound-modifier-worthy).

Perhaps not surprisingly, I loved fly-fishing instantly. I connected with the idea of process rather than outcome. Fly-fishing, Brian said, isn’t about catching a fish, rather it’s about the act of casting rhythmically to the constant cadence of the river as you stand in the heart of pristine nature. If a fish happens to find its way onto your hook, well then that’s an experience, but so is the process.

I think it can be often far too easy to attach to outcomes. Western culture encourages this in so many ways, every day, from a very early age. Activities like fly-fishing, meditation, yoga, and walks along water’s edge remind us to slow down and enjoy the present, because the past and future are only fabrications of our over-active left hemispheres.
In this instance, two artworks particularly stick out you can check here in terms of cultural values.