Back in September, I had the good fortune to meet Bryan and Vikki. Bryan and Vikki are trapping partners in Northern BC. They live over 100km from the nearest community, over rivers, lakes and mountains.
They haven't always been trappers. They had good work in Southern BC and they were doing well. So why did they move? As Bryan explained it to me, he wanted to live a more sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Bryan hangs out on the shoreline with Wayne Carlick.
They acquired a trapping concession, hauled everything they needed in by Beaver, and began building their cabin.
And what a cabin! Bryan's former life as a logger and carpenter are obvious in the craftsmanship and attention to detail. The cabin has all the amenities of a modern home, including plumbing, electricity and Internet. It doesn't mean they're living a life of leisure, though. They work hard. When they're not tending to the garden or the chickens, they're hunting for their next meal or improving their traplines. They work hard, but they're happy. It's obvious when you talk to them just how contented they are.
I think I would be perfectly content to live the same way, and I would want to if my situation were a little different (ie. a seizure-free kid). In the meantime, I have to live the lifestyle vicariously through Bryan and Vikki. Vikki started a blog called "The Happy Trappers".
Please drop by and say, "Hi!" They don't get a lot of visitors where they live.
Vikki waves hello.