After an amazing winter in Nelson, I’m back at the Strathcona Park Lodge teaching the kids how to go outside (pro-tip: stop complaining). Winter highlights included:
- Turning 30 :-)
- Having my body fall apart because of said birthday :-(.
- Living with some amazing peeps.
- Dealing with a nighmarish psychotic crazy landlord. Thank god for lawyers….
- Discovering that driving in the mountains during winter is the best way to stress the shit out of yah...
I’ve been really letting this blog gather dust but I want to revive it! I’ve got some really cool adventures lined up for the year and I want to start writing about it all. Shall we see if I can post more than twice annually? Let us begin.
Life in Nelson
Last November, after a wild season trail building, I headed off in Janet, my trusty Rav4, to live with my girlfriend in Nelson. We moved into a beautiful little house with our best friend K-Dawg at the top of a pretty insane hill (Nelson is basically one giant, steep ass hill, and we were way up there). It was my first time living in a place with a 'real' winter (i.e. lots of snow, ice and people obsessed with skiing) and I wanted to dive right in. I bought skis, a season's pass at the local ski resort and mustered up all the stoke I had. Unfortunately, my stoke was too high, and 12 days of skiing later I had completely messed up the nerves in my right leg. After being carried off the mountain by two ski patrollers, my career as a skier came to a crashing halt.
While the town is oversaturated with bullshit banter about how great the 'pow' was, there was more than enough other stuff to keep me busy through my mid-December post-ski season. I got involved with the fantastic local jazz community and had a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with the legendary Donny Clarke during his 80th birthday party. It was really cool to see how a little rural town could foster such awesome musical talent.