As a new teacher with the Squirrels I thought I would introduce myself to the Upstream community and tell you about my summer!
My first big adventure was hiking the Juan de Fuca trail with my wife, Elena. It was a muddy 50 km rainforest and beach walk. There were many slugs, eagles, and even playful seals in the distant surf. At one point I fell into a surprising mud-pit that went up to my thighs!
As a new homeowner, I have been slowly improving my garden. Rain barrels, sheet mulching, lattices, compost strategies, and sheet mulching are a few of the projects my wife and I tackled this summer. I would love to talk about Permaculture (permanent agriculture) if you are ever interested!
A happy place of mine for the last 5 years has been Naramata, BC, on the Okanagan. There is a peaceful retreat centre/family camp there called Naramata Centre. I camped there for a week, and then took a week-long position on staff as the Music Leader. It's nice to stay in one place for a while, without wandering too far and staying mostly on foot.
Anyway, that's me. During the academic year, I am a music teacher in the CBE. If you have a child in the Squirrel program you can be sure they will be singing!