Today, Port McNeill hosted the North Island Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life.
I volunteered some of my day helping set up in the morning. Then in the evening with the help of another volunteer, we kept the coffee and hot chocolate coming for the walkers.
For me, one of the most emotional parts of the day is the memorial lap. Everyone walks in silence around the track thinking about someone they know and love who has battled cancer; some won the fight, some are still in the battle and sadly others have lost… It’s unfortunately rare to find someone who has not been affected by cancer in some way. For me, I lost my mom.
The track is lined with luminaries. The luminaries have been lovingly decorated to remember or support a loved one. Others have words of encouragement…
Between Port McNeill and Port Hardy there are areas along the highway where every spring the black bears come to graze on a variety fresh grasses and other juicy greens. You are almost guaranteed to see at least one bear as you drive the 45 kilometers between the two communities.
I photographed this one (from the safety of my car) on my way back from Port Hardy this evening.