Even though Chuck Darbyshire moved to Creston after 47 years in the Blaeberry Valley, there is something about Golden that keeps calling him back.
“I always liked this area. I’ve spent time in other places, but I always come back,” said Darbyshire, who still owns 100 acres in the Blaeberry.
He tries to get back to Golden once a month, and stays for about a week each time.
“I came out of the Yukon and was looking for a job. Someone said in Parson they were hiring people to work at a sawmill, or logging. To make a long story short, I went to Parson and got a job.”
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Darbyshire moved up to the Yukon at age 15 to join the army. Although he enjoyed his time there, he soon realized it was not the place for him.
However, it was the place where he found a lifelong passion that he brought with him to the Blaeberry.
There was a culture of poetry up north at the time. Darbyshire learned about the medium, and melded it with the inspiration he found in the Blaeberry.
“The Yukon was a good place to be at that time, because there were a lot of people doing poetry. That helps to get people started,” he said.
“When I was younger I didn’t write what you would call good poetry. It was barn yard poetry.”
When he came to Golden he became busy with other things, but found his passion again when his children got older. He soon began writing poetry about his environment.
“For 47 years, I lived in the Blaeberry Valley, I grew up there on Moberly Hill. Friends I have many, enemies few. My heart overflows with the good people I knew.”
His poetry explains why he loves the area so much, and why he and his wife still own all their land in the Blaeberry and continue to visit it, even though they no longer live on the acreage.
One of the reasons he keeps the acreage, is because he has another hobby that keeps him busy and happy.
“I plant and grow trees. They’re trees of the future, I’ll never see anything out of it. I just always like growing trees, so I come back every spring to do that,” he said.
He began planting trees on his property 18 years ago, and loves to come back and see how much they have grown.
His trees may continue to grow, but Darbyshire is happy to say that Golden is still the same place he fell in love all those decades ago.
“Other than the new people, I don’t think Golden has changed much. People are friendly. When I first moved here I thought ‘wow, this is a great place. I’m going to work here as much as I can.’ So I did. I really like Golden. I guess that’s why I keep coming back,” he said.