It is a dream for many to live in a log cabin in the mountains, immersed in nature. For Neil Jolly, the dream became a reality in April 2020, when he retired, put his worldly possessions into storage, and moved from his home in Cochrane, Alberta to a rustic cabin on a one-thousand-acre ranch in British Columbia’s interior. Gone Cariboo is a collection of photos and stories illustrating the past two years that Neil has spent enjoying the majestic landscapes of the Cariboo region and the transformative power of the seasons. Of his life on the ranch, Neil writes, “Every day brings new miracles. Occasionally I get the privilege of photographing them.”
From wildfires, thunderstorms, and freezing temperatures, Neil’s photos and stories feature nature’s perils alongside its greatest gifts and miracles: black bears, wolves, coyotes, deer, eagles, and owls; star trails, full moons, and sunrises over the old cabin; and cowboy adventures on the rangeland. Along for the ride are his two constant companions, his husky, Frodo, and his horse, Jackson.
Written with wisdom, humor, and a keen, observational eye, Gone Cariboo offers a vicarious immersion in the Western lifestyle and affirms an inborn human desire to return to nature.
12x12" 54 pages