21 November 1946 — 5
Bluff Squamish 3rd Peak Garibaldi Lake Kennedy
Jericho Beach Kennedy Falls Trail Goat Mountain
Tunnels Othello Tunnels
See also here.
The adult in the room.
What I remember about hiking with John was that now and then, we needed an
adult in the room, and he had to be it. Those whom we hiked with were
hardly children; some of us had grandchildren who were nominally
adults. But sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't.
Adult are people whom we permit to make their own mistakes. If Smith14
had been a child and had wanted to hike with us on that day in 2019, we would
have said "No, Smith, this hike will be beyond your capacity."
But we treated Smith as an adult until it became apparent that she/he was
struggling, and she/he needed to retreat.
Indeed, Smith was having such a hard time that we thought s/he might have
difficulty getting back to the trailhead. The rest of us looked at each other,
hoping that an adult would step forward to relinquish the rest of the hike,
and to accept the responsibility of accompanying Smith back to the
That was John.
In 2021, we had a problem with Jones.14
Jones was (and is) a valued, longstanding member of the hiking group, chipper
in adversity, generous with time, and so on. Last year, anomalously in
view of our prior experience with Jones, s/he began to financially abuse other
members, first never being the one to pay for coffee, but later borrowing
substantial sums and dragging out reimbursement. Some adult had to have
the tough-love talk with Jones, getting him/her to be a better citizen.
That adult was John.
1 Photo by Morteza Arshia.
With Morteza Arshia.
With Marion Culham.
5 With Alistair Duncain, Maureen Hornak, and Heather Martin.
With Donnie MacDonald.
With Barb Becher.
Photo by Nebal Nosh.
With Sandy Johnston.
With Jan Jansen.
13 DePencier Bluff?
Mount Hollyburn? Quarry Rock?.
14 A pseudonym.
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