With the Beyond the Fire School of Survival Winter Survival Level II Course only 10 days away Instructor John and I have been feverishly preparing for the arrival of the students.
With the classroom instructional phase ready, the field exercise equipment sorted and ready, the survival locations selected, GPS'd and ready, and the instructor's itinerary complete, John and I stood staring out into the white wonder and realized - we were ready.
This year has been an amazing year of growth and discovery for Beyond the Fire. From the decision to construct the cabin in the bush to the extremely tough decision to start offering courses outside of our non-profit work. We have spent countless hours in the bush sharing, teaching and learning.
It all hit me yesterday when I was driving to the cabin with Junior Instructor Luke. I stopped the van, placed it in park and got out. He asked me what I was doing. It was in my response that I realized the bush, the cabin and the winter wilderness were my heaven. In that moment of time I was lost in the perfection that existed without the sights and sounds of the city, the coffee shop, work or any other of life's stresses. This place just off the beaten path was a piece of relatively untouched land that mother nature had blessed us with.
It was then that I knew - My road to heaven is paved with snow.