On my way back from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, instead of driving back to New Brunswick I was picked up in single engine Cessna. Flying to New Brunswick in a 4-seater was much quicker than driving the 6 plus hours from Cape Breton. Conveniently, my boyfriend is a pilot so we arranged for my personal pick up in Nova Scotia. Anytime I have the opportunity to fly, regardless of the size of the aircraft, I take it. I’ve always loved flying, but I am even more passionate about flying now that I am dating a pilot. I have taken 15 flights since the beginning of July. Most on commercial flights, a handful in a 2-seater Diamond Aircraft and another in a 4-seater Cessna. Now that I have begun my 12 months off from work I can’t even imagine how many flights I will be taking throughout my travels. I’ll be keeping track because I am curious to see how many the year will incur.
I am officially two months into my travels. I can’t believe how quickly the time is going. I started just two months ago with 14 months off from work to travel and to experience all that I can. I now have exactly one year left before returning to work in 2014. I have definitely kept myself busy over the last two months and started my time off with a bang. I started a blog, traveled to new destinations, and completed multiple things on my bucket-list. Here are my highlights:
1. Summerside, Naufrage, & Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island– June
2. Charlotte, North Carolina– June & July
3. Ottawa, Ontario– July
4. Halifax & Cape Breton, Nova Scotia– July
5. Samana, Dominican Republic– July
6. Kouchibouguac National Park & Miramichi, New Brunswick– July & August
7. Bangor, Freeport, & Pittsfield, Maine– August
8. Montreal, Quebec– August
9. London, Ontario– August
10. Southern Nova Scotia– August
Within a week I fell from a plane and flew a plane! It is hard to believe that I have been to both extremes within a week. I’m always looking for every opportunity to try something new! I usually don’t say no to new opportunities. Well, maybe trying certain slimy and crunchy foods is off limits: bugs. I don’t think I can bring myself to ever trying fried insects. I need to have some limits! People are incredibly brave who have tried them! The idea of it gives me chills.
In 2012 I added ‘start a blog’ to my New Year’s resolutions. Turquoise Compass did not come to fruition until 2013, not because I didn’t have the desire, initiative, or drive, but because I did not know what I was going to write about or what I wanted it to become. I love writing and much of my life revolves around writing. As an English teacher, I teach others to write. I am also actively involved in writing articles for my province’s teacher publications and district magazines. As some of you know, I just recently finished my Master’s in Education in June of this year and much of my program consisted of writing research papers and designing training modules. On average, for the last year, writing 7000 word papers every other week definitely kept me busy and delayed the starting of my blog. When I finished my Master’s I finally had the time (and guts) to accomplish my goal of starting a blog! Another bucket list checkmark for me!
Having a boyfriend as a pilot has its benefits. We have the privilege of renting a plane anytime we like to fly wherever we like. We get to spend our travel time together and we don’t have to share the aircraft with anyone else. We can travel on our schedule, not someone else`s. We have had the opportunity to fly over our subdivision, Moncton New Brunswick, Hopewell Rocks, Fundy Park, the Chocolate River (also known as the Petitcodiac River), and to see the world`s highest tides from above!