Sleeping Princess Dreams Over Vancouver
She has slept under sun, moon and stars, bunked high over the Salish Sea, since the ground first came to rest and she began to dream. Sculpted and caressed by ebbing ice ages, sea sponged by wind whipped millenniums of moisture laden clouds, sauna bathed by salty timeless west coast sun she has rested, on her back facing the heavens. Over time her deep green fir forest blanket grew, and more precious life under the mountains began to populate her dreams.
More than a quarter of a century later, well after I became the GM of the Jericho Sailing Centre, in daily awe of Vancouver’s spectacular ocean and mountain vista, I looked up and out of the blue suddenly saw her, recognized her, in all her ageless radiance and sleeping beauty, and wondered why I hadn’t seen her before. Now, I can’t not see her or not be touched by her transitional year-round, snoozing splendour. I’ve since met many people at Jericho, often long-time residents of Vancouver, who were not aware of her and have had a similar reaction when I’ve pointed her out. It might be the same for you or it might be the same for the people you share this uniquely Vancouver view with with-pass it on