Originally Posted June 20, 2009
As I began to shift from the perspective of a transient vagrant to that of a man about to enter into marriage and the new priorities of family planning on the horizon, it never really occurred to me that my country would look strikingly different through these new eyes. I guess when you travel, if you’re not entirely sure where you want to settle down a part of you always has an eye out, subconsciously searching and analyzing to see if maybe your new surroundings would make a good home. When you’re transient, you’re also much more likely to see the potential benefits of living in a place for only the short term. I’ve often thought, “this would be a cool place to live for a year or two” as I’ve wandered through different neighborhoods in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and of course Halifax.
Now that I’m engaged to Kelly and looking ahead to a more stable life we definitely still plan on always traveling to new and exciting destinations, but, we’ll have roots that we will always keep alive at this new home base we are building together. When we leave for a few months to Costa Rica or take a trip to Indonesia or South America we’ll never fully extract ourselves from our life at home. In Canada this has given me a new perspective as I travel through some familiar towns and also some new places. Right now Kelly and I are in the middle of a big trip, from Halifax to Manitoulin Island, Ontario. We’re bringing my Airrcoupe home. It was parked at the Stanley airport in NS while we lived in Halifax, where I unfortunately left the battery in it over the winter and discovered much to our inconvenience yesterday that the battery was rather lifeless on our initial attempted departure from Stanley. Several hours later and 3 battery boosts from various vehicles we are on our way.
Yesterday we flew from Halifax directly to Fredericton, NB where we stopped for the night as it was starting to get dark. Today we flew from Fredericton to Riviere du Loup, QC. Once again our progress is on pause, this time due to rain and low ceilings of cloud south of the St Lawrence River, blocking our access to the Quebec City, Trois Riviere, Montreal or Ottawa airports. And so we wait, and while I devour a delicious ham and cheese crepe at a quaint little cafe in Riviere du Loup I can’t help but think that a year or two ago I might have found this place pretty appealing as another cool place to explore. Not a place to plant roots, but a fun place to spend some time. But now my eyes are on the western horizon, yearning to get my future bride home safely and get the Airrcoupe back to her home base in Alberta, too.
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