I haven’t written anything in a while, but I think it’s because life has been a little crazy lately. Just over three weeks ago, I set out from Toronto with the car packed to the roof and Maverick flat in his litter box as if we were driving at G forces, and pointed the wheel West. It only took four or five days of driving, but I passed through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, dallied in Drumheller, Calgary, and Canmore, then drove straight through BC and hopped on the ferry to get back home. The morning after arriving in Victoria marked the beginning of a crazy week where I completed my SVOP, MED A3, and ROC(M) certificates so I can now drive “non-pleasure'” (commercial) vessels, and after that I launched into a long interview process to find a good job for the summer on the water. So now I have a job, a place to live, a cat that is currently passed out on a windowsill, so he seems to not be totally traumatized from our drive, and it’s looking like a great summer on the island.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am so incredibly happy to be on the island again, but leaving Toronto wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I met and fell in love with some really amazing people back there, and it was so hard to leave the Fish Mafia. I can’t wait until they come visit, or I go back to visit, but either way, I could not be more excited to see their beautiful faces again. And I will show them why I love Victoria as much as I do.
And to top it all off, after what should be a great summer with a little side of Stampede thrown in, I’ll be heading off in the fall to begin my masters with Sean Rogers at the University of Calgary! Not sure whether I’ll be at Bamfield full time to start (which would be amazing) or at U of C, but this summer is just a warm up for a very interesting couple of years to come.
I’ll keep you posted on my misadventures. Til next time,