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
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
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, 2013
Marmots and other little furry creatures like to bask on the rocks in the sun, in between harvesting grass for the winter time. This little fellow is a very cute example.
I’ll be travelling for most of the month, but will post an update about what’s happening with the sale in late August. Have a great summer!