Happy New Year!!
This past year has been one of discovery, learning, hard work, and looking towards the future, and it seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. It has also been a story of how courage, patience, persistence, and faith in the impossible can achieve unexpected things. Highlights of our year include publishing a website showcasing some of Sean's photography in the early months of the year. We also completed two end-to-end hikes on Ontario's Bruce Trail, in the Blue Mountains section and on the Laura Secord Trail. June and July saw us heading east to Newfoundland to hike 250 km along the East Coast Trail - the eastern most spur of Canada's Great Trail.
Our hike began with a snow storm and ended with a tropical storm testing us and our equipment with the full range of weather. In between we visited Cape Spear, the eastern most point in North America, saw Minke and Humpback whales, bald eagles, seals, and millions of Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds during a boat tour of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, enjoyed a naturally occurring water spout, stopped to explore the history and cuisine of the Colony of Avalon, and passed the spot where the famous Mayflower ship spent its first winter in North America. It was a wonderful adventure, during which we met many friendly Newfoundlanders and other hikers, and confirmed for ourselves that we can survive, and do enjoy, long-distance hiking in Canada. In August I travelled to BC for the International Ornithological Congress, and got a chance to spend some time visiting my parents while also clarifying our 2019-2021 plans with my own colleagues.
See you on the trail!
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