On his long walk through the Interior

On his long walk through the Interior

Walk leads author to new chapter for Interior

David Pitt-Brooke laced up his boots and went out in search of the natural Interior.

David Pitt-Brooke laced up his boots and went out in search of the natural Interior.

Pitt-Brooke has released Crossing Home Ground: A Grassland Odyssey through Southern Interior B.C. and the book launch will be at Mackie Lake House Thursday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Books will be available for sale from Bookland Vernon, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free and all are welcome.

One morning, Pitt-Brooke stepped out for a walk – a long walk of a thousand kilometres or more through the arid valleys of the Southern Interior and through cities including Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops and Williams Lake.

“He went in search of beauty and lost grace in a landscape that has seen decades of development and upheaval,” states a release.

“In Crossing Home Ground, he reports back, providing a day-by-day account of his journey’s experiences, from the practical challenges – dealing with blisters, rain and dehydration—to sublime moments of discovery and reconnection with the natural world.”

Through the course of this journey, Pitt-Brooke’s encounters with the natural world generate starting points for reflections on larger issues: the interconnections of a healthy landscape and the bond between humans and their homes.

“There is no escaping the impact of human beings on the natural world, not even in the most remote countryside, but he finds hope and consolation in surviving pockets of loveliness, the kindness of strangers and the transformative process of the walking itself, a personal pilgrimage across home ground,” states the release.

Pitt-Brooke is a retired veterinarian, naturalist and the author of Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac.