Late “End of the Year” post

I mean, totally late 🙂

I planned to make it some time during last week, but we were away, the weather was snowy and cold, and all the other excuses that I can’t think of at the moment 😀 Well, here it is…

If I can summarize it, in a short sentence, it would be: It was busy! Company I am employed with, had few big contracts that came to realization at once, almost all of them, enough to keep us constantly on the edge. Luckily not too many overtime days for my department, but the rest of my colleagues worked really hard. I mean, it is good to have a job, salary and security, but I wished the tempo was a bit slower. And now we were told it will continue in 2018, as well. Oh well, it is just a job…

Due to a snowy and rainy spring, San and I didn’t have as many opportunities to go for mountain hiking as previous years – at the end of June there was still a lot of snow on mountains and our favorite hikes – and then a dry summer came with forest fires. That meant that our decision to go to kayaking trip in August proved to be a good one. Broken Group Islands, on the west side of Vancouver Island, is in a fog zone, with temperatures rarely going over 17C at that time of year.

Day 1 - the rest on Hand Island

This short video may be enough to help me explain the overall feeling of the 3 days trip:

Really a unique place where we hope to return some time in the future. The rest of the photographs you can find here. I will just add, that I was happy to see starfish again, because a virus that, apparently, killed millions of them during last few years, make them completely disappear along the west coast areas where we were hiking.

It was a nice contrast to a smoky and hot Okanagan Valley where we spent a week before, trying to do some hiking but ended doing wine tours due to a smoke and forest fires 😀 We spent a lot of money buying some excellent wines 🙂

A big thing for me was a premiere of  Blade Runner 2049, a sequel of a cult Blade Runner movie from 1982, that, some of my friends already know, I’ve seen more than 60 times (what can I say, it just blew my mind). Impressions on the sequel are different, depending on the person you are talking with, but I was very satisfied and I can say that Denis Villeneuve, the director, proved to be a new star in a movie industry. If you have seen his movies Arrival and Sicario, you will understand what I’m talking about. I hope I don’t have to mention that I wore a t-shirt that San gave me for birthday and that made the experience complete 😀

What are the plans for 2018? I can’t say much except that we are planning to go to Newfoundland and Labrador some time during summer and that we will have to start planning that trip immediately. Popular hiking spots all over Canada are experiencing a big visitors’ boom, and if you don’t find a spot in certain places at certain times, you might as well spend your holidays at home. It doesn’t make me happy but there is nothing we can do about it except to adapt…

Broken Group Islands foggy mornings

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6 Responses to Late “End of the Year” post

  1. Adele Brand says:

    Happy new year to you and San 🙂

    It sounds like last year was very varied for you. I enjoyed the video clip from your kayak expedition. I hadn’t heard about the starfish but am glad that they are starting to recover. I have many memories of them from Tahsis.

    It is definitely getting harder to find quiet wilderness and I have seen that in Europe too. Of course Newfoundland is less on the ‘beaten track’ than Jasper and I’m sure it will be less crowded there. Looking forward to hearing what you find.

    • Darko says:

      Thanks, the same to you and your family.
      I remember that few years ago, while we were in Tofino, I noticed the lack of starfish – literary there was non of them to be seen, anywhere. In Vancouver, too. Then San found an article about disappearance of starfish on entire west coast but no one knew the reason. It was in 2013, I think. Now they say it was a virus. Anyway, glad to see them coming back.
      As for Newfoundland, San told me the same, it won’t be as busy as Rockies but we will start planning immediately, anyway.

  2. Very interesting post, Darko … you’ve had a good year, it seems. I really like the Western Coast of Canada; it seems that the Canadians have found a way to live in it without destroying it.

    Happy New Year to you and San.

    • Darko says:

      Thanks dW, Happy New Year to you and your family!!!
      “it seems that the Canadians have found a way to live in it without destroying it.”
      And I am happy with that even though big corporations and crooked politicians are trying to destroy it every year… They are like a disease, crawling slowly, trying to catch you when you are not looking. The biggest threat this year will be Kinder-Morgan pipeline extension, if they succeed that will increase big tanker traffic 30 times than what it is now. Possibility of oil spill will increase and it is still shady who will pay for cleaning attempt, it seems that that burden will be on people of BC. I don’t even want to think about what it would do to a marine life…

      • d4rkn1ght says:

        It is sad to think, that in a near future nature might not look the same as it looks now. 😟 This is why I’m trying to make my kids remember how things are now. So at least they know how things used to be. The rich is not going to stop until all our resources are depleted.

        • Darko says:

          Even though your kids might be annoyed of you taking them away from the things they really would like to do and push them to explore nature instead, one day they will be grateful. This is a good thing to do 🙂

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