Taken Too Soon

On January 2, 2022 there was a storm that hit the municipality of West Vancouver particularly hard and knocked down various trees. In a freak accident one of these trees landed on the home of a couple and fatally crushed them. The story was big news in the media here, but it took me a few weeks to realize that the woman who died was a WordPress contact, Caroline Helbig, who wrote a blog called Writes of Passage.

The themes of her blog were hiking and travel and she was one of the most widely traveled people I’ve known. Caroline gave me a few encouraging comments about some of my posts and I reciprocated. Her last post was a jolly one about Christmas Attractions in Vancouver, written just a week before she died.

Link to Writes of Passage blog


CTV News story about the accident


North Shore News article about the accident


Mike & Caroline

In honor of Caroline and Mike I plan to go back to Writes of Passage for ideas about hikes to do and places to visit.

Caroline and Mike left behind a son who in his 20s. I can’t imagine how terrible it would be to lose both one’s parents at once.

I encourage everyone to have a look at the Writes of Passage blog. The photography is impressive. Through Caroline’s writing she can live on, in a way.

A giant tree stump in North Vancouver


  1. Thanks for this acknowledgement. I just looked at her last post and was hooked. I wasn’t sure which was more surreal – the holiday lights or the snow-covered trees on the mountain. I will be going back for more.

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    1. Check out her Namibia post; excellent wildlife and landscape shots

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  2. Alan Conrad says:

    How sad. I’ve looked at her site and she was quite a photographer. Some of those pictures may last forever.

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    1. Yes, she was a great photographer and writer. It’s ironic that two people who loved nature got killed by a natural event – a fallen tree.


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