There are only two places on earth that I’ve always dreamed of visiting, but never thought I would. One is Norway. I had a childhood friend whose family was from Norway and she’d tell me amazing stories of home that planted the seeds that dreams are made of. The other place is Canada’s North. I want to see the taiga and the tundra. I want to see caribou run. I want to fish the icy rivers and climb the white-capped mountains. I want to fall asleep in the midnight sun. Last week I found out that I am going to get the chance to do just that. I’m going to the Yukon.
This is the first trip since my older son was born almost 12 years ago, that I’m not doing with my family. I am both exhilarated and terrified. It is going to be like nothing I’ve seen before with people whom I’ve never met. I’m going on a 30 day NOLS Outdoor Educator course. Half of our time will be spent on a looong hike (12 days?) and the rest of the time will be running whitewater in canoes. Luckily these aren’t new concepts to me, but we will be learning a whole bag of new skills and how to break them down and teach them to others. What I most hope to gain from this experience is the ability to help others safely navigate the outdoors with confidence.
My ultimate dream is to run the Nahanni river with Fraser and the kids. This is one big step in that direction.
I want to thank my wonderful employers (Mountain Equipment Co-op) who fund this amazing experience for two staff every year. This was my lucky year and I’m going to take full advantage of this unbelievable opportunity.
I haven’t even gone yet, but I’ve already learned this…dream big, do what you love and no matter where you are in life, never stop growing.