Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Happy New Year!!
Amidst these smaller adventures, we began one big one, which consumed most of our time and energy this past year. Sometime last spring we decided it was time for a change in our lives, which will take the form of a three-year hike across Canada. We plan to start in Cape Spear, NL in June 2019, walk west towards Victoria, BC, and then head north to Tuktoyaktuk, NT on a 24,000 km hike along the Great Trail. As we walk we will be raising awareness of the importance of conserving wild birds and their habitats across Canada, and we are hoping to connect families and youth to nature through birding. Preparations for this hike have consumed nearly all our time outside of work, but the rewards have already been astonishing. With unprecedented luck and a huge amount of effort we have been working on a collaboration with Bird Studies Canada to strengthen our message, received an offer of sponsorship, been given the opportunity to share our plans on the CBC across the nation, been interviewed by Explorersweb, and met a whole network of generous and creative people interested in working with us to encourage people to get outside, enjoy nature, and find a deeper connection in their lives. So far this has been an amazing learning experience.