2017 had a pretty rough start for me,but it finished extremely strong. When I look back on the year I feel pretty happy about the accomplishments I have made. I'm almost done my lib tech course, I began learning the ukulele, adopted a dog, took some road trips, wrote a new book, started submitting my work to publishers, and I met a really amazing woman.
For years I talked about travelling to Hell's Gate -- and not just so I can say I've literally been to Hell and back. Hell's Gate is nestled in the narrowest part of the Fraser River just down from Boston Bar. In 1808, Simon Fraser uttered the phrase, "(it's) a place where no human should …
I'm not sure where I was going that day, but like any good road trip I was prepared to find joy anywhere I wound up. Grinfinn and I took the first turn from I-5 towards Fairhaven, where we hit up my favourite lunch place--Avenue Bread and Deli. When the weather is nice, it's a great place to grab a sandwich and sit on a patio with the dog.
The look on Grinfinn's face when I grab his collar and my Jeep keys is priceless. He always does this little dance when he knows we're going for a Jeep ride, and it's the only time he bolts out the door as fast as his one inch legs can carry him.
When I took Grinfinn to the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival, I didn't realize there was more to the story than just a fun event across the border. The annual event is in memoriam to a young man who had attended the first event, but in 2012 died in an accident.