Epilogue .

The walking is long since done. Im home now . The camera was found by trail angels and sent back to the UK by post . Before returning to the British Isles I spent a few quiet days in the Sequoia National park visiting the Largest living things on earth , the mighty sequoia trees of California . 


To be honest , i was tired and wanted nothing more than to be reunited with my loves ones . It was a long long hard journey . So gratifying and satisfying that even now its hard to put into words what this journey has meant for me . 

The three days amongst the Sequoias allowed me time to reflect and heal . My body , mind and soul(s) have been stretched beyond anything i could ever have imagined . The physical challenges equalled consistantly with the rewards of the senses that were filled continualy by nature . 

On my first day in the park , i saw two bear cubs and their mother playing together , and on my last i was blessed to meet a mother deer and her two new born babys . Photographs and words can not express these treasures that I now carry in my heart and memory . Loosing my camera helped me realise that sometimes just being in the monent is the ideal way to record it .

I made a mandala , a medicene wheel , a transitory gift out in the forest . On behalf of all of us . To offer humble thanks for all that we have shared through this journey .

medicene wheel
earth egg

The rain and the wind will take this act of creation . Time will take it back to the Earth and make it the mulch of tommorow .Maybe something will grow from it , after all , it is one of natures laws. 

I was fortunate to return to a loving home , and a warm and kind village , where I shared my adventures as a fund raising talk . I told my neighbours , friends and family all about this wonderful experience and I felt the glow of excitment that the re-telling created . We raised 190pounds for a local disabled group to take horse rides . I felt very honoured to be a part of that . 

Now im almost fully ‘integrated’ back in the swing of things , you might say , but somedays their isnan edge that remains . A hardness in my self that has grown from doing this walk . A confidence that we all walk a journey , a joy in hearing about others pathways , and a genuine desire to have further adventures on the highways of life . 

Thanks for following and supporting me . 

Much love . 

Ian x

4 thoughts on “Epilogue .

  1. Loved reading your epilogue. Glad you have made it home – we will love welcoming home our red riding hood home whenever that may be!


  2. What a fantastic experience, thanks for sharing your thoughts and journey with us. Glad you got your camera back those trail angels are real Angels. We were at the Sequoia National Park a couple of years ago those trees are amazing. Uncle Sam does nature and scenery in a big way. Well done on the fund raising and best wishes with your next venture. Hazel and Mike xxx

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Thanks for the beautiful account of your journey and letting me travel with you for a bit. Seeing my son’s travels along side yours was special for me. Glad you are safely home and that your camera found you. I have taken my walk in the woods, we spent 4 days in the forest in Oregon ,peaceful and refreshing.


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