Vancouver Road Trip with Jazzy

I couldn’t have been more proud of her, the first time Jazzy put an axe through a log.

When I first pulled it out, Jazzy ran for the tent, screaming like a little girl (which she is).  Still, I spent the whole summer thinking about that moment, and I was determined to teach her how to defend herself against logs.  She lives in Vancouver after all, and she walks through a rain forest on her way to and from school.  Forests are full of logs and if one of them got any funny ideas… well, as her father, I felt it was my responsibility to teach her how to handle herself.  If she picked up a little self confidence in the process… so be it.

At first, she was really tentative with the axe.  She was worried about hurting herself, so I taught her how to hold it and be safe.  After that she just needed to get used to bringing the axe down on the chopping block.  In no time at all, she was burying it in logs and she couldn’t get enough of it.  What once paralyzed her with fear, brought her great pleasure.

The next step was whittling.  We needed kindling for the fire and I taught her how to hold the knife and carve shavings out of her freshly split handiwork.  Again she was terrified at first, but soon got the hang of it.  In no time we had a fire going.  One match.  No gas.  No paper.  Just wood shavings and Jazzy’s freshly split logs.

We drank hot chocolate out of tin cups while watching our steak and potatoes cook on that fire.  We were in the midst of a Vancouver road trip and Banff was our day 1 stop over.

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