Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver, B.C.
Taking a deep breath of crisp, cool mountain air, I stood in the almost absolute silence, not a sound of civilization—only the quiet rumble of an avalanche in the distance and the wind passing through the valleys. Laura stood breathless beside me. This was the first time she had ever seen a mountain in person. Looking out over the Rockies, I was amazed, realizing this was just the first of many natural Canadian landscapes we would experience in the coming weeks, equalled only by the unexpected surprises that lay ahead.
With the Rockies in our rearview mirror, we drove southwest towards the coast of British Columbia and the lush rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. After arriving late in the night, we woke to the refreshing ambience of dew-covered moss and lush greenery. Just a few metres into the forest, I could feel the outside world slip away in the dense woods, dampening the sounds beyond the trees. I was left with only the sound of raindrops hitting my hood and the crack of a twig underfoot.
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