Spring Fever in Campbell River
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I love #VancouverIsland!! I feel absolutely blessed to be living in a community that offers so much diversity and supports my health and well being in ways that truly matter. I know spring is still officially a few days away but I think I have caught spring fever in a big way. If you were one of the people who saw me riding my bike yesterday evening, you would probably have noticed me grinning, singing, and soaking up the sweet island air.
I needed a few greens to go with the fresh prawns (that we caught over the weekend while out on the boat) I was making for dinner so I hopped on my bike to ride down to the local store. Because it was such a beautiful evening and I love riding my bike, I rode past the store and along the ocean on the #RotarySeawalk. I heard the screech of an eagle overhead and spotted a large nest high up in a Fir tree; as I stopped to admire this brush with nature, I chatted with a friendly couple out on a stroll. As I continued on my ride, I smiled and said hello to a number of my fellow neighbours out enjoying the natural beauty of our small community – people were walking, a few were running, others were gathered around beach fires, and some were pulled off the road in vehicles simply looking out at the ocean and the snow-capped mountains across the straight. On the way home, I passed the president of the Campbell River Garden Club (of which I am a member), so we stopped and chatted about how lovely #CampbellRiver is and how much we enjoy the people and places that make up our neighbourhood. It invigorates me to live in a community in which people get out and experience healthy recreation and that people appreciate what is here.
But according to a recent and widely shared report, Campbell River (and a number of other island communities) is ranked quite low on a livability scale. I can’t believe that anyone who was a part of that report has ever lived in Campbell River, but it’s disappointing to see the community I chose to live in receive such negative media attention. The Sociable Scientists Inc. was already positioning itself to take on a quality of life study for Campbell River – I think it’s time to move that proposal into the forefront. Contact me if you’re interested in taking part – phone me, email me, or stop me on a trail – I’ll be the one singing and smiling and loving where I live!