Part 2 - a Frosty Spring
Last spring started with a few frustrating attempts to get to the Walbran Valley. The valley and roads got so much snow over the winter that access was completely shut off for almost 6 months. On my last attempt, I hit ice on the road into Port Renfrew and 180º’d into a tree. A pretty sad day for my car Janet, but by no means the end of her reign.
In early April, after a show in Whistler with Walk Off the Earth (my trumpet froze during the outdoor concert and almost didn’t make it through the set), I headed up to the Strathcona Park Lodge for my new job as an outdoor instructor. I moved into a small cabin on top of a hill and started a whirlwind six months introducing kids to the outdoors. In rain or shine, I guided eleven to sixteen year olds down lakes via canoe, up mountains with boots and sweat, and through difficult hikes with lots of complaining. More than anything, the job reasserted my commitment to the outdoors, and showed me that I still have a lot of learning to do.