LETTER: From a happy visitor to the West Kootenay

From reader Bev Kaiser

People of the Kootenays, you are so fortunate to live in such a wonderful place surrounded by so many kind and generous people. I recently arrived in Slocan City Campground at the beginning of an eight-day backpack and day hike adventure. To my dismay and embarrassment, I had no tent poles. I contacted Valhalla Pure in New Denver after hours and asked Sandy at the campground office for help finding a solution. Dave Harley from Valhalla called to offer his personal tent for my use while in the area.

When I returned from picking it up, Sandy F. also brought her personal tent for my use. Both asked for nothing in return. Sandy offered the Food Bank as a recipient, which I will contribute to with thanks.

While at Gwillim Lakes I met Laura from LiveIT Productions in Nelson and Meredith who shared their experience and good humour including taking time to offer photos of me – which I never can get on my own. I had to return early from the Kootenay Glacier and Chuck Cram of Rossland offered to take me to Kaslo to meet my ride home. Again, would not accept payment for his kindness. Just pay it forward, he said like the others.

At the Kaslo hotel, the front desk guy was so flexible when it appeared my ride might not be coming as planned. A woman from Nelson offered me a ride if needed as she overheard our conversation. At each backcountry campsite, I met local people who were so friendly and laid back, it was a privilege to meet them, not to mention the Kootenay Glacier resident manager. Thank you all.

I was blown away by the scenery and beauty but overwhelmed by the gracious kindness of your people. I shall return.

Bev Kaiser


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