The first time that I saw an Inukshuk was in 1988 on the island of Maui. It was my first and only time in Hawaii, and I had rented a vehicle for the three-week vacation. If you’ve ever been to Maui, you’re probably wondering why I rented a car on such a small island?
Let me explain.
In 1988, we didn’t have the benefit of Google or the internet to teach us the things we never learned in school. So when you went on vacation, you mostly relied on a travel agent to handle all of your travel requirements. I think that the gal who booked my trip was probably compensated by commission – the more she charged – the more she earned. But I’ve been misled by a pretty face before, so I’m not complaining.
So, here I was, on a small island in the Pacific – driving a large, white, four-door, Crown Victoria Ford, with not many places to explore. I was staying in a condo in Kihei. At the time, there wasn’t a road that went entirely around the island. When you got to the seven pools, that was all there was for a highway. But I asked a local, and he said you could drive along the fields and pastures back to Kihei. So, I figured I would give it a try.
There were tire imprints in the ground, so I knew that others had driven here previously. A short while later, I passed a pickup truck that was heading the opposite way. I asked the driver if the road ahead was blocked, and he said it was clear.
In addition to the beautiful vistas, were these small stone monuments. I saw hundreds of them along the drive around Kihei. I asked another local what they were and who created them? All I remember him saying was that it was just a way of welcoming other travelers.
It wasn’t until I joined a walking club that I spotted the same stone monuments along the seawall in Stanley Park. I believe it first appeared for Expo 86. That was a great world fair, and I went there after work a lot. General Motors’ office was just down the street on Terminal Avenue.
Here is a photo of the Inukshuk I took during one of the Vancouver ‘Venturers scheduled walks.
But Danny, why are you writing about stone monuments?
Relax, Spanky, I’m getting to it. Why don’t you go back to watching cartoons if reading is too difficult for you?
Anyway, yesterday, I decided to go for a walk in White Rock. I started at the top of the bluff and worked my way down Foster Street to Marine Drive. Then I walked eastward to the end of the East Beach parking lot. I crossed the tracks and started walking back along the Promenade. I hadn’t walked far when suddenly, I noticed several small inukshuks along the shore. And up ahead, was the person who was building them!
I excitedly fumbled with my cellphone and asked the man if I could film him while he was creating his impressive statues. I took several photos and a few short video clips during my walk along the Promenade and then up to the top of the bluff.
Here are the short video clips: White Rock walk (November 2, 2019)
And here are some of the photos:
I hope that nobody has disturbed those newly created inukshuks in White Rock. But someone will – because there’s always a person who enjoys destroying nice things. Well, at least I have the videos of the talented man building them.
Another mystery solved by Danny.
Dedicated to YP and Michelle of the Whitby Coffee House
Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):