Saturday, April 04, 2009

Jogger murdered in Vancouver's Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Photo by Sue Frause.

The two things that grabbed me while reading the news story in The Vancouver Sun about the murder of Vancouverite Wendy Ladner Beaudry were that she was the mother of two girls (I have a son) and that she was jogging alone in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Three years ago, I got to know the park quite well while doing a travel feature for The (Everett) Daily Herald, Park with Spirit. I'm not a jogger, but I did walk a trail down to the beach by myself:
"The trail heads are easy to spot along Chancellor Boulevard, and I took Pioneer Trail that eventually hooked up with Spanish Trail. Fortunately, the weather was much more outdoors-friendly than the day before, when a downpour forced me inside for most of the day. The 20-minute walk along a steep ravine took me through cedar, hemlock and stands of Douglas fir mixed in with the brilliant leaves of red alder and maple trees. A lone jogger passed me, as did a couple walking hand in hand. As I walked deeper into the forest, I had to remind myself that I was in a city of more than half a million people."
I went on the walk after breakfast, and I did have a few eerie moments while making my way down the hill. And now with this sad and tragic news, I will be much more careful about hiking on my own. It's a reminder that as much as we'd like the world to stay away, at times it rears its ugly head.

My heart goes out to Wendy's huband, children, family and friends.

Photo of Pacific Spirit Regional Park by Sue Frause