Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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The Native Guide

If I mention the name Carl at the Ranch, almost everyone would know who I am talking about, and if you didn't know, you soon would! Carl is a First Nations guide that has worked around the Ranch for many years. He also is a carpenter by trade and has an infectious personality and soft spot for sweets. Did I also mention he is 87? No? By the way, he's 87!!!!

With his age some would think he would “lose the edge”, but this has not happened to Carl, who stopped playing ice hockey at the age of 75. So when we had some guests come to the Ranch for a wildlife photography trip, we knew the task would not be challenging for him. In fact it would be the perfect opportunity for these guests to experience Carl and his wealth of knowledge, great personality and his link to the land.

I wasn't there personally for the trip, but I had many interactions with the guests after each day they came back from their photography foray. Their faces were always bright with new things to tell me about and I had no doubt that Carl had something to do with it. They would then tell me all the things they had seen, all the knowledge they received and all the fun they had. It would of been really cool to see Carl react to this, however he was in the kitchen most likely making a cheeky comment to someone.

For Carl, this is a way of life. This is what he does and he still does it well. Age hasn't besieged him, in fact he is holding it at bay. You can see guiding brings him joy, not only to him, but also the people he guides. The joy he must get from telling people about the land he grew up in must be an unparalleled privilege. I'm happy Carl still guides. I'm sure everyone is happy about that, including his guests. They maybe tentative at first, but when they see him in action, they must certainly have to consider themselves to be the luckiest guests alive!

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About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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