Monkey Valley Photo Retrospective

2000 – 2013

As I prepare to pass Monkey Valley into the safekeeping of new owners, I would like to celebrate and appreciate the many people, events, and moments of the past 13 years at Monkey Valley. This page shows some of my favourite photos from this time, taken by many friends and family members, and some by me. My apologies if I don’t remember and credit the right people on every photo. Let me know!

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My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who helped in my mission to live in the wilderness. I wish I had pictures of you all to put on this page. Thank you for all you’ve done. And much gratitude to all the visitors who came to enjoy this special place with me, both human and wild (and maybe a few wild humans).

Me in 2001, near the southwest corner post. Hugh McMillan







Hugh, the amazing one who saw the potential and supported my dream, working with me tirelessly for two years to get Monkey Valley up and running, 2000





Campfire – Yoga & ChiRunning weekend 2010. Photographer unknown










Donald guarding the weenies


Alex, Kim, & Geoff Kim’s 45th birthday, 2012










Alex and Kim








Cutest nephew










Guess who owns Boardwalk & Park Place! And all the railroads!









Bullet hole in lock – the lock reigned indestructible, but the chain did not.








This is one of my all-time favourite pictures. I know, I’m a nut. First, for putting the chair on the roof to begin with, and second, for taking a picture of it!
Me and Angela planning the ChiRunning and Yoga retreat. One of us is goofing around!










Me and Ange. Joe Charron






Donald guarding the ChiRunners
















Mealtime after a hard day of play







The yoga part of the retreat. Everyone is clearly exhausted from all that ChiRunning!


The house in the woods. Angela James


Winding creek flowing down the valley. Joe Charron
Nootka rose. Joe Charron
Before I put the siding on the house, 2001








Snowy meeting room (back in the days when I had to go out onto the roof to get cell phone reception), 2008
Adah & me & Indian icecream, 2008. Kim Ashley











The soap berries we made it from. Kim Ashley



Fence in creek. Joe Charron








6 fabulous runners after swimming in Missezula Lake and then running home. Joe Charron








Tent city. Joe Charron
Two fab dishwashers – Joe and Darch


Butterfly, 2009. Munro Sickafoose










Dandelion beauty. Munro Sickafoose
Parhelic circle. Munro Sickafoose
Two grouse, 2009
A moose in the upper meadow, 2008


I love this one of Monkey and the totally ridiculous mouse trap I made, 2001
Angelic bull, 2009
No trespassing, 2012
Cloud shadow on house, 2009


Creek at sunset, 2000









The corner of Dillard and Loon Lake, 2008


Hypnotic fire, 2011







Monkey Valley moon, 2008
Winter sky, 2006
Setting intentions at the Medicine Wheel retreat, 2005


Snowy tracks, 2007








Wildflowers, 2003



Inquiry group (Marvin, Keith, and me), 2004. Dorrie Brannock
My dearest friend Dorrie, eating lunch at a picnic table in Merritt after a “Nature and the Four Directions” retreat at Monkey Valley, 2006. May her spirit be at peace.



Dean’s egg salad sandwiches – a realtor picnic, 2012


Special visitors, 2012








Monkey on Dillard sign
Monkey on Dillard sign, 2013














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