…we’re off again!
Arriving in the Calgary Airport at 11 am after a 5 am Halifax wake-up; in the car, re-packed post-laundry and gear loading just 5 hours later!
It’s been an absolutely crazy ride – the film tour is officially finished! The RV is gone, the goods were mailed back, shipped back, and stowed away as extra carry-on’s in the plane, and the last blog post has been posted. Wow…what a bittersweet feeling to see this goal and dream come to an end. And now, just as quickly as it ended, we’re off again on another adventure! But before I get into why we’re gone again, let me bring you up to speed with a couple photos of our time finishing out the tour in the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia:
We made it! Victoria, BC to Halifax, NS! Making a Starbucks meal stretch b/w the two of us for 2 meals, trying to save money at the end of the trip. Funny how you become more conscious of your spending towards the end of such an adventure! Me after a morning treadmill run – sweaty, red-faced, and happy!
Celebrating with Pat after our last screening! Exploring the citadel on a (finally!) gorgeous day! Attempting to make the right choice: veggies for a late-night snack (I passed on the ranch dip…but don’t worry – plenty of fries/nachos were had on other nights too!).
There is so much to reflect on as the reality of this adventure finishing truly hits us…we are so grateful for the many, many hands involved in this trip and for the opportunity to meet hundreds of young adult cancer survivors across Canada, listen to their stories, and gain perspective and direction on where to go next. However, it’s hard to process such a deep and meaningful experience when you land and take off in the same day! Here’s what this Saturday consisted of: wake up at 5 am Halifax time and begin the journey home; arrive in Cow Town at 11:30 am to a great greeting from my in-laws; home, fantastic homemade lunch, LAUNDRY + errands; gather materials for a 6 day Wilderness First Aid Course and finish the online modules and lessons to prepare for the course; drive out at 5 pm to make it half way to Kelowna, BC for our good friends’ (Ash and Melissa’s) wedding Monday; drive 6 hours back to Golden, BC for our course Monday and buy groceries, pitch our tent, and prepare to camp in what’s forecasted a week of rain; begin our course Tuesday and finish Sunday (7:30 am – 5:30 pm daily); drive home Monday; leave for the kayaking trip the next week. WHEW! We’ll have crossed all the time zones (except for Newfoundland’s 1/2 hour ) in 1 day! Okay – this makes me feel a bit anxious just typing all that out! But as Mikey said, “At least it doesn’t seem too crazy after 2 months on the road!” …true. Good perspective! And while it’s crazy and busy, we’re so thankful to be involved in practical courses that can help bring real change to meaningful trips we’ll be finding ourselves on this summer with incredible people. After all, only people count, and if we can remember that during the days of mounting stress and tired minds and bodies, we will continue to honor God and find joy in him and those around us. And that’s truly our ultimate goal: to love God and to love people well.
We’re currently in a Sandman Hotel in the gorgeous town of Revelstoke, too tired to carry on for the night. As I prepare to get one last run in before the craziness of studying and our course sets in next week, I’m reflecting on a week’s worth of not only great people interactions but good fitness moments too (always grateful for those, especially on the road!). Here’s what my schedule looked like:
Monday: 7 miler in Halifax; evening run!
Tuesday: 5 morning miles
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: 5 morning miles; 3 evening miles in two different hotels!
Saturday: REST (read: travel! so glad that’s over!)
Sunday: …we’ll see what my body feels like!
I’m just glad to get some movement in before the rest of the 4 hour drive to the wedding where I am thrilled to be seeing good friends again and celebrating their marriage! So much to be thankful for amidst the insane schedule, but again, we’re reminding ourselves that God is good and that only people count…so it’s time to start/keep enjoying them and living with that bigger story in mind! Thanks for following along with our adventures over the past two months…may you be encouraged to open up, share some of your story (everyone has one!), and listen to others’ stories genuinely as you live well! I’ll leave you with a few pics of the incredible drive out today…good to be back in the Rockies. Have a great end to your weekend; catch you on the flip side (that sign-off is for you mom! Love you!),