coast to coast to coast

After seven weeks away from home, I’ve finally made it back to Nelson. There’s far too much to recap from my travels, but I will try to give you the cliff notes.

Chapter One: Vancouver

I escaped the brutal Nelson forest fire smoke and started my trip two weeks earlier than expected.

I spent the first week of my travels in Vancouver. And even though I was working full-time, I managed to see some pals, hit the beach, play tennis, and catch up after months apart. I also hadn’t been to Vancouver since moving away, so it was great to be there and know that not all that much had changed.

Chapter Two: Toronto

I spent three humid weeks in Toronto visiting friends and family (and still working full-time)!

While I was there I played lots of tennis, swam as much as possible, finished a quilt for my cousin and her baby who is on the way, met my boss in person for the first time, and got more hugs with friends and family than I did all of last summer combined…thank god for the vaccines!

The quilt I made for my cousin, Hayley, and her baby
The quilt I made for my cousin, Hayley, and her baby

Chapter Three: Halifax

Next up, two weeks in Halifax/Dartmouth to visit my sister. I hadn’t seen Kate since December 2019. SO much had changed since our last time together. Not only the plague, but she has opened a second store, got a dog, Vincent, and is making moves to build a house with her partner, Lincoln.

Kate and I had some much-needed sister time together. I managed to drag her away from her responsibilities and we rented an Airbnb for two nights near Musquodoboit Harbour. I know this goes without saying, but I was baffled by how different the landscape (and water temperature) is from coast to coast.


Lincoln, Kate, and Vincent were such good hosts. We shared insane meals, fancy drinks (often made by Lincoln), I got many walks with Vincent, we watched LOTS of the US Open, survived through a couple of mild hurricanes, and I built up a cache of cuddles from Kate that will hopefully last me until Christmas!

We also raced at BBYC with Kate's sailing friends and came in third!
We also raced at BBYC with Kate's sailing friends and came in third!
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Chapter Four: Vancouver

I flew back to Vancouver (it took 12 hours and three flights) and reunited with Marcus who met me at the airport with samosas from my favourite spot. JUST what I needed. I squeezed in as much friend time as possible during this last week of my trip. This included a day trip and picnic on the ocean, coffee shops, talking into the night over hot cups of tea and cozy dinners. As painful as it is to leave my close friends behind, Nelson was really calling me.

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Epilogue: Nelson

Marcus and I drove back in the pouring rain (those coastal send-offs never disappoint)! Nelson is so different than when I left. Nothing but clean and crisp air signaling that fall is hot on our heels.

It's nice to be back in my own space and back with our pals who are all getting stoked for another ski season.

A big thank you to everyone who hosted me throughout my travels. You are welcome at our tiny cabin on the lake any time…if you can find a way to get here!

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Shannon Osborne
Shannon Osborne
8 months ago

The pics with your sistah make me smile ❤

Diana Cable
Diana Cable
8 months ago

What a great update Julia! I especially love the photos. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Roger Pepler
Roger Pepler
7 months ago

Gosh, Julia, I loved reading this. Three chapters capturing an amazing summer. A summer, alas, that is increasingly becoming a mere memory as the air turns noticeably chilly.