John Denver's Music and My Love of the Outdoors
I grew up in a Scouting family, hearing stories from my brothers and my dad about camping and great hiking experiences, so it's no surprise that I got bit with the bug when just a little boy.
At first, I did my own adventures with my friends, riding bikes to ravines and patches of bush, where we'd play. I joined the Wolf Cubs program of Boy Scouts of Canada when I was 10, and almost right away went on a camp in a cabin up on Mount Seymour. Following this I did a camp at a park called Garibaldi Provincial Park. The southern part of it was separated and renamed Golden Ears Provincial Park soon after.
|I"m climbing the flag pole at Camp Garibaldi - this became Golden Ears Park|
At 11 years old, I did a linking camp, where older cubs like me got to join a Scout camp (with the big boys). I went with a couple of my older friends from my pack, 1st Burnaby Southview (we met in Maywood School.) I remember sitting on the beach on a log, and looking at those gorgeous mountains on the other side of the lake and dreaming of living up there in the trees.
Then, my family moved to Mission, BC when I was 12, late in the year. The following year, as I turned 13, I discovered that if I rode my bike up the hill, I was in those same mountains. There was a small lake that had a raft with a pole you could push it around with. There were trails and rivers galore! I was in heaven!
About that time, an artist whose music I knew and liked, came out with an album that blew my mind. It was a live recording of a concert, and it was called an evening with John Denver. The songs he sang positively screamed what I felt about the mountains, and wildlife, and I fell in love with that music. I promptly learned a bunch of songs on that album and can still play and sing them.
|Me, behind Antoon and Mom in Mission - 13 years old - probably playing John Denver!|
I was saddened when I heard that he crashed his plane and died back in 1997, but I continue to enjoy his music, thankful for the joy of knowing his music, and growing up to it.
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