The Swedes are officially gone. I’m happy to report they had a great time in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest during their week long visit. After they left Seattle last week I sent them to Port Angeles for a couple nights so they could explore Olympic National Park. Olympic National Park is one of my favorite places to unwind in the state of Washington which is why I sent them there. I then suggested they visit Victoria, British Columbia, which they did. I’m very jealous because they took one of those wicked whale watching cruises and saw a few pods of whales. I’ve only seen a couple whales in my entire life so I’m naturally a tad jealous. While in Hawaii last year, a mom humpback and her baby breached right by our boat, truly an incredible sight.
The Swedes wrapped up their trip by crossing over the Cascade Mountains which divide the state of Washington into East & West, passing through the North Cascades National Park. This is one of the least visited national parks in the lower 48 states for some reason. Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Park are huge draws and have easier access. I’ve spent some time in the North Cascades National Park and it’s beautiful. It’s a very desolate place with emerald green lakes and tremendous access to the wild and that’s the way I like it. Well worth a visit if you ever happen to make it to Seattle.
Back to the Swedes though. They arrived back in Seattle last night and head to Chicago for a couple days and then board a plane destined for the mothership. I chatted with them about their Seattle adventures and they were very gracious of the recommendations I provided. Things went really well for them and had no hangups or problems while crossing the US-Canada border. We relieved their adventures and they
All of this travel talk makes me get back to my roots. I studied forestry in college because I really love the outdoors. In fact I love them so much I got a cute degree in Forest Resource Management. How do you like them apples? Sounds lovely eh? So you ask, what are you doing with that degree young man? I will be completely honest and say nothing. I chose forestry because I love being out in the woods and seeing nature first hand. I’m a very visual learner so studying trees was a natural, plus I hid in the woods when I was a bad boy for about five years of my childhood (ages 9-14).
Recently I’ve had discussions with people about careers and it’s abundantly clear I’ve got a career shift in the making. Last Friday night I discussed teaching with a woman at a party. She gave me tons of great information, including her digits, about schools, teaching, qualifications, curriculum, etc. She graciously invited me to stop by her school in downtown Seattle to see what I think. On the drive home from that party I was all hopped up chatting about the school. I pulled in the driveway and my wife says "you didn’t stop talking the entire way home". As much as it pained me to admit this, it was true. I must listen to my heart and see where it leads me career wise since professional blogging seems more like a pipe dream than a reality.