And The River Still Sings is On The Road.

My book tour for And The River Still Sings started at 5.30:am!  I left in the dark, and by the time I got half way to Williams Lake and daylight came, the autumn colours had faded.  That day, the Williams Lake Writers’ Workshop was held.  Sage Birchwater, Donna Milner, Christian Peterson, and myself all gave 1/2 hour presentations about the process of writing.  We had a great exchange of information, a lovely lunch, and a meet and greet session.  All lots of fun.

We were done by mid afternoon and the day was gorgeous so I drove south on Hwy 97 until the shadows were long, then pulled off onto a logging road to camp.  Not quite a frost – the stars were incredible.  I started again in the dark in the morning, then turned onto Hwy 99 just north of Cache Creek to enjoy a break at Marble Canyon.

Pavilion Lake

Pavilion Lake, part of Marble Canyon Provincial Park, contains internationally significant “microbialite” structures, thought to be comparable in some respects to microbial reefs that existed on earth over 500 million years ago.  If you google microbialites, you will see some amazing pictures.  Here is just one of them.

The road to Lillouette goes through sagebrush country.

near Lillouette

It is high above the Fraser River.  (The sun has not yet penetrated the canyon.)

11 fraser river

Clemetis is tangled amongst the shrubs.

12 clemetis

The scenery becomes very dramatic close to Lillouette.

13 approaching LillouetteMy route goes into the canyon behind the ochre bluff.

14 entering mtsThe road gains quite a bit in elevation to cross the mountains.  Near the top, mist was rising from Cayoosh Creek.

15 mist nr Duffy LkDuffy Lake, at the top, was totally socked in at the eastern end, but part way along, a bit of the far shore could be seen.

fog over Duffy Lake

On the far side we broke through into sunshine.

17 over the mts

18 red mtNot far below the pass is a popular hike.  Three lakes run along Joffre Creek – there is a wonderful mountain view at each of them.

1st Joffre Lakes

The water is glacier fed so a gorgeous turquoise colour.

20 1st lake colourBeing not far from Whistler (and less than 3 hours from Vancouver), the trail is groomed for city hikers!

21 super-trailIt is like a freeway!  There are even work signs along it,

22 work signAnd I was amazed to see a little cat with a tiny bucket perched high on a steep part of the trail.

23 little catAfter a steep grind (being a spectacular Sunday, the trail was very crowded: everyone, even old folk, were sailing past me at speed) we reached the second lake.

24 2nd lakeThree women, who were apparently from Russia, performed yoga on a sunken log.

25 2nd lake ogaAfter another steep and quite rough climb, the third lake came into view.

26 top lakeMy face ached from smiling at everyone.  I would say I encountered 200 people at least.  A very different hiking experience from what I am used to!  But it was still well worth doing.

The drive from there to Vancouver was a zoo.  A gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon meant everyone was nose to tail, hurtling along a twisty mountain road at 100 km per hour.

The next day, in North Vancouver, it rained!  I wish I could send some of the rain home. But what a fantastic trip.  What a diverse province we live in!

Tonight I give me first slide show at Capilano library in North Vancouver.







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What I Left Behind

McClinchy RiverThe fall colours were spectacular on my last days at home.

finger peak

finger peak

spruce in mist

aspens in fall

wild rose

6 sunrise and mist

7 homeWhat a time to have to go away!  They will all be gone by the time I get back from my book tour.

I also left behind Sabine and her friends, who are going to look after my dogs.  Here are the results of Sabine’s first bread-making session.

8 sabine


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And The River Still Sings – Number One!

virgins retreatAnother tantalizing photo from And The River Still Sings – which is now NUMBER ONE on the BC Bestsellers’ Booklist.  We’ll have to see how long it stays there!

I have added a few more details to the  book tour page, notably, the addition of Revelstoke on 25th October.

I haven’t seen the book yet!  I will receive a few copies just before I leave for the start of my tour as I will go and pick up mail then.  After my first gig in Williams Lake, however, I go straight to the Lower Mainland, and it will be much cheaper for me to receive the rest of the books there.

Many of you have already written about ordering the book or reserving it in the library.  That is good news, and of course is what puts it high on the list.  Independant book stores need supporting, too.  But just a reminder:  if a book sells in a book store, I receive royalties, on average about 7% of the shelf price, 15 months down the road.  If I sell the books myself, I receive 50% of the shelf price – immediately!  My travel expenses are no longer paid like they used to be, and if I don’t make sales, I can’t afford to do book tours.

It’s going to be fun, though.  Just one great big ego-trip!

PS, forgot to mention that of course I will send books by mail.  However, I will be charging postage.  You can send a cheque or use the paypal button on the books page.  I will need your full address to determine the postal charges.



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The Drought Continues at Ginty Creek

1 dry pondThe pond below my house at Ginty Creek is now completely dried up.  All the little organisms that swam frantically in the last of the water (see two posts back) have vanished.  There was a strong seashore smell for a couple of days so I expect most of them died.

2 pond dried upAround the middle of September the thermometre by my house recorded  -10C.  That’s 15 American.  It was probably colder down below in my garden as the kale was zapped and it takes a great deal to knock back kale.

3 kale frosted

The grass on the meadows, which never grew very much, is crispy crunchy to walk on.

4 sered grassHarry blends right in.

4a HarryRain was forecast again, and we actually had a very light shower that lasted about 15 minutes.

5 showerThe following day was cloudy with a brief, dramatic sunrise, followed by a strong wind that soon blew the dust around again.

6 sunriseOvernight, it seemed, the leaves have started to turn.

7 leaves turning

8 fall leaves10 fireweed

11 badger

One week today I start on my book tour.


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2014 Book Tour Update.

czajkowski family picA departure from my usual photographic displays, this picture features in And The River Still Sings, the focus for my 2014 book tour.  I have no idea where the picture was taken.  I never recall seeing my Dad in a suit, or my Mum in such a pretty dress.  I look about two years old, so the date would probably have been 1949.  I, as you can see, am sitting with my customary elegance – already headed for my “tomboy” life as a wilderness dweller.

And the River Still Sings reviews my whole life, trying to explain what led me to a career of a wilderness dweller.  It covers childhood and a decade of world travel as well as my 33 years in Canada.  I will be visiting: the Cariboo, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver and Gabriola Islands, and the Okanagan.  For details of the tour, check out the slide show page.

Within its first week in the book stores, the book reached Number 2 on the BC Best Sellers’ List, which isn’t too bad.

I will also be travelling with the new 10th Anniversary Edition of Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog, as well as with my other 9 titles.

Hope to see you there.

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