Not even three months into the year, there has already been so much change. In February I started a new job as the Education Coordinator for the Edible Garden Project in North Vancouver and it has been an extra busy lifestyle to keep up with school. I didn't know at the time, but the week I spent on Vancouver Island and Galiano Island was going to be my last great break for a while.
Visiting Vancouver Island meant that I was going to spend time with Big Jake and Sam in Gold River. It also meant a three hour ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Duke Point (Nanaimo) terminal, followed by another three hour drive from Nanaimo. Luckily my friends are amazing and picked me up, so the three hours flew by while catching up over island stories. Gold River has been one of favourite spots in British Columbia, because it's one of the few locations that I was able to really get away from big city living. For example, the town elders vetoed cell phone towers being built in the village, so everyone still communicates via home phones.
Though some of my time here was spent doing homework, we still managed to cruise around and visit the Moutcha Bay Fishing Resort, go crab fishing, oyster hunting and the best of all, see an endemic and highly elusive Vancouver Island wolf! This was such a special moment for me, because seeing a wolf in the wild was on my ultimate nature bucket list. Nighttime consisted of sharing stories, making fish flies, enjoying freshly caught and barbecued oysters and crabs, and then trying to watch La La Land (couldn't get past 10 minutes). Galiano Island info is found below the pictures from Gold River.
Galiano Island was quite the adventure with over 24 people there to celebrate Taylor, Andy and Linnea's birthdays at Bodega Ridge. Through a perfect combination of successful + failed hikes, tree trunk bridges, lots of cheese + crackers, drinking games, pun-ny jokes, bonfires, Momo + Pepper, and a delicious australian birthday cake, we all experienced the magic of Galiano.