It has been a hectic summer with little time to blog. All my spare time, which is precious little, has been writing and photographing for my new book, "Barkerville and the Cariboo Gold Fields", due at Heritage House publishers [http://www.heritagehouse.ca/] at the end of this month, for release in spring of 2013. I did not realize how much the story has changed in the past decade, so it will be an exciting new read for those interested in Cariboo history.
In the meantime I was surprised at the recent Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourist Assocation AGM, [http://www.landwithoutlimits.com] when president, Pat Corbett, honored me with the President's Award. In posting on FaceBook Pat said:
"It was a thrill for me to recognize the lifetime work of Richard Wright of Wells Barkerville BC for his outstanding work as an author or 22 books, theatre productions, music & song writing all in the promotion of the Cariboo, and the Cariboo Gold Rush that led to the formation of a nation called Canada. Richard was awarded the President's Award of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Ass'n. Richard has left a legacy, and is becoming a legend for his lifetime of work...."
Pat, the owner of the Hills Health and Guest Ranch at 108 Mile, [http://hillsguestranch.com/] and I have been friends for years so it was a special treat to receive the award from him.
Then four nights later the Friends of Barkerville and Cariboo Historical Society [http://www.barkerville.bc.ca/] held their AGM and elected me President. More work, but an honor to serve an organization of which I was founding president 28 years ago.
A friend recently tagged an email with the comment:
Do not stay where you are tolerated. Go where you are celebrated.
I will take both of these events as a Cariboo celebration.
Now, that "Barkerville" deadline looms, so time to paste my ass to the chair and write a few more pages.