Blame it on the rain... and the budget

Trip Start May 31, 2011
Trip End Aug 24, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Friday, November 4, 2011

So as I watched the hail fall outside the coffee shop window I realised that it is indeed Fall. Its has been a year since I first came to Canada and I started to get excited about the prospect of snow. 

Life on the ranch had been hard, with staff changes leaving us a little stretched and Ben and I trying to fit a life in around all the work. But we did manage some fun, with Ben and Amber introducing me to my first pumpkin carving! Boy do pumpkins smell, and the goo inside, I don't know who came up with the idea, but I must admit I was pretty happy with the finished product. 

After the hectic summer, Ben and I had been looking forward to the family camp for weeks. It was the last medical camp of the year and the first one Ben and I were running without the other support staff we had in the summer. In preparation we kept asking ourselves 'what would Terri (our summer director) do?" and it worked as it came off without a hitch and all the families seemed to have fun with pumpkin carving, trick or treat treasure hunts and talent shows. 

The weeks flew by and we celebrated Halloween with a fireworks display on the field and welcomed our new director to the ranch. Ben and I we excited for the respite and the opportunity to sink out teeth into some of the things we needed to do to start preparing for next summer. But as I started finding my feet, I found out that all my hard work was for nought, or at least not for me to finish as I was told that I was being laid off for the winter. Despite the initial shock and upset, feeling that all I had given the camp over the last 6 months was not seen as enough and that I had been replaced, I was excited by the idea of getting back to Vancouver and finding work in my field and having nights and weekends back to myself!

So while I am a little daunted by the prospect of being homeless and jobless in Vancouver again I still have a few weeks of work to try to find something new. As I packed up my things and prepared to head back to Vancouver for the weekend and then onto Australia to visit family, it began to snow at the ranch. A full circle, I was so excited to see my summer home turn into a snow covered wonderland. It felt like a fitting end to my time there. I even got to experience driving in the snow for the first time (and managed to save my car from skidding off the road!) much to the delight of the co-workers I was driving home.

Now it is back to sunshine, family and driving on the left side of the road. I can worry about the rest of my life later...
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