The past week I was offline as Mr. Turtle and I took the opportunity to spend a week on one of Canada's Gulf Islands, Gabriola. We have taken a trip somewhere around our anniversary since we got married in 2010. The very first trip after our wedding (i.e. honeymoon) was memorable in part because I had a broken metatarsal in my foot. I broke it about 3 weeks before our wedding, so I was in a cast and crutches for wedding and honeymoon. Despite that (maybe because of it?) we had an amazing wedding and honeymoon (we did Arizona and BC, including the Grand Canyon (that is a story in itself) and basically lived life with no limits. It was a reminder that it really is possible to enjoy life even when it throws painful (or sharp, or sticky, or stinky??..) things at you. Since then Mr. Turtle and I have aimed to have a great trip every year the week of our anniversary. This is however the last year we will be able to do it exactly this way because Mr. Turtle has started grad school and will need to be in classes over July.
Here's a few snapshots of highlights:
The B&B we stayed at was on 13 acres of property, with trees (conifer and arbutus), an extensive garden, and 3 roaming cats. There was a swing on one hanging tree where I liked to spend some minutes every day.
I love trees....
Apart from beach bumming, we rented bikes on the island and did some riding, and we also tried kayaking for the first time, which was so much fun! We went on a sunset kayak one day and saw bald eagles and seals. Then we went on a personalized trip where we paddled for an hour and a half, and ended up at another tiny island where we had a picnic. That was amazing! This tiny island had a sandstone beach and (we counted 'em) nine trees, so we called it Nine Tree Island.
Mr. Turtle and I have such fun on our holidays. We are plan 'em really well if I do say so myself. Mostly we feel lucky and blessed not only to be able to go on holiday together but to share life with each other. Not many years ago I thought I would be lonely and weird forever. Now I can be weird together with the man I love. I cannot believe how lucky we are so many ways. Reflecting on that helps to put the "bad luck" (youknowwhatImean) in its place, instead of letting it take over our whole lives. I will continue to remind myself of our special week together and everything we are grateful for, and remember that really, no matter what we are excited about the future.
Thanks again for reading. xo