Last week, I went on a fly-in fishing trip in northern Ontario, Canada. Aside from the swarms of mosquitoes and flies and the considerable back [and butt] discomfort from sitting in a boat for several hours a day, it was an awesome trip! Good for what ails you, as the saying goes!
The trip included four of my brothers and three friends from Muskoka. All had long distances to drive to make the trip up to the outfitters in Wawa, which is about two and half hours north of Sault Ste. Marie. Most of the drive from the Sault up to Wawa is along the northern shores of Lake Superior and I dare say it is as spectacular as any drive you will encounter!
From Wawa, we had a half hour flight in to camp followed by six days of pickerel fishing. On the flight in, we were treated to the site of a passing bald eagle! In fact, we saw bald eagles every day!
For me, the trip wasn’t so much about fishing as a was about spending time with my brothers and my friends. I love my brothers enormously! More importantly, it gave me an opportunity to experience genuine kindness, understanding, generosity and compassion!
I wasn’t able to do the hour and a half drive up to Espanola to meet my brothers and I didn’t want them coming to pick me up because it would have added three hours to their thirteen hour drive. So I was going to arrange for a taxi to drive me there, but my neighbours from down the road would have none of that and insisted that they take me. Not only did they drive me up to Espanola, they also picked me up on the way back. Two three-hour roundtrips! Amazing kindness! At camp, everyone recognized my limitations and so I was excluded from most tasks and my older brother Al looked after me in the boat. Their understanding and compassion helped make it a wonderful trip!
It hasn’t been easy knowing that I am more of a liability than an asset because I am so used to being a doer and taking charge, but learning to accept this appears to be part of my journey.
All in all, it was an awesome week! We caught some fish, had lots of laughs and enjoyed great friendship. The bald eagles alone were worth the trip! I didn’t experience any great insights or epiphanies relating to my health condition, but I did get to experience some incredible kindness! Perhaps that’s all that matters!