Day 1 of 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, from BootsnAll
Prompt #1: GOALS
“What were your travel goals last year? Did you accomplish them? What travel goals do you hope to accomplish this year?”
For 2010, my wife Jodie and I resolved to finally travel to British Columbia.
We’d wanted to go for years, but despite having traveled to Australia in 2008, we had not yet made it farther north than Seattle. For 2010, however, we decided to make our honeymoon a trip to B.C.
We took 2 weeks in June, rode the train to Vancouver, and had an amazing time. Some highlights:
- Wandering scared as hell down “Blood Alley” in Vancouver’s Gastown District to get to the Salt Restaurant. The food was worth the scary walk: wines, cheese and an array of foods perfectly matched.
- Malty, warm Canadian craft beer, plus amazing grub at Vancouver’s The Alibi Room
- Wandering the serene Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver
- Jazz festivals in Vancouver and Victoria
- Discovering the tea shop Silk Road in Victoria, sharing a tasting session for rare and specialty teas, and understanding how we could both become tea snobs
- Riding the ferry into the Southern Gulf Islands
- Knowing we’d need to hitch a ride to our B&B on Saturna Island (with 300 people and lots of hilliness, Saturna has no rental cars or public transport). Jodie saw a red Subaru wagon (also one of the unofficially official cars of Eugene), and knew its driver would give us a ride. She did.
- Meeting other folks at the B&B, who have since become good friends (we can’t wait to bring Kiddo up to meet you guys sometime!)
- The Saturna Lamb BBQ, held every Canada Day. Over 2 dozen lambs staked out around a huge fire for hours of slow cooking? Sign me up and gimme an extra plate. Jodie and I tattooed our faces with the Canadian flag and were honored to spend the day as honorary Canadians.
- Kayaking around Saturna Island. We pondered an abandoned ship, scared an otter, and picnicked on a wee beach, during hours of sunny, easy, glorious paddling.
- Riding the train home to Eugene on the Fourth of July. We wound up with a business class car all to ourselves. As the sun set and the sky darkened, we spent our train ride watching fireworks displays all the way home.
It was the honeymoon we wanted, and we made it happen. A trip to B.C.—a great way to kick off our marriage.
A journey of a different nature: we’re expecting our first child in December 2011, and are already talking about camping trips in Oregon, living in New Zealand, and when to get Kiddo St. Clair’s first passport.
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What is the 30 days of indie travel?
Every day in November, the BootsnAll Travel Network is inviting bloggers from around the world to a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year (or whenever) have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as we like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on our own blogs. More information: Join the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project »