A Sociable September
Erin and I have decided that once a month, our blog will focus on leisure as we experience it. September has already been full of leisure (and a lot of work too), so I’ll share some of the highlights so far and let you in on the great things to come.
Labour day weekend, Nate and I were up at the property fishing, working the land, and building an outhouse. We met some a few new neighbours, visited with good friends, and soaked up the sweet ocean air. I have no cell reception where we are so I am free to focus on precisely where I am, which makes me very happy.
A few days later, my sister came out to Campbell River for a visit and helped me can peaches and smoke salmon (that Nate and I had caught earlier in the week). We then spent a leisurely Sunday having breakfast at Dolphin’s Resort (highly recommend it), buying fresh produce and a butter tart at the Pier St. farmer’s market, and walking the Canyon View Trail that winds up, across, and down the Campbell River where we witnessed a number of families, couples, and individuals fly fishing for salmon. Everywhere we went, we saw people out enjoying the beautiful weather and the abundance of natural and cultural amenities this community has to offer.
The next weekend was one of my favourite events of the year – Flavour – the North Island’s Gourmet Picnic hosted by Coastal Black Estate Winery in support of North Island College. This is one of those things that I am almost hesitant to tell people about because in only its second year, Flavour sold out in 3 days. It is a culinary delight to spend the afternoon sampling delicious food and drink from 60 local vendors while meeting up with friends new and old. And I rode my bike to and from the event, which added an extra layer of fun for me!
This week I participated in the wrap up party for the Nanaimo reading circle for Startup Communities – Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Brad Feld at the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Lots of great ideas were shared by our diverse group and invited guests.
Tomorrow morning, I am volunteering for the Greenways Land Trust Frogger 15 Race, then in the afternoon/evening I’ll get glammed up to attend the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business Awards of Distinction where I’ll find out if I’ve been chosen as Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
A concert in Vancouver, the Tourism Vancouver Island Annual Conference & AGM in Port Alberni, two Community Conversations, and either a trip up Mount Washington or the Haig-Brown Festival in Campbell River will round out this Sociable September. So many amazing events, activities and opportunities to take part in on this lovely island we call home. I love Vancouver Island!