Once in awhile you just have to hit the off-ramp. Call it whatever you like...R&R, Vacation, Escape it's an essential component of a busy life and that's precisely what I did to celebrate my birthday. The kicker...I didn't even take a camera with me this time. In fact all of this blogs images are from my previous trip to the western coast of Canada. I knew there was a reason I hung unto these b-roll images. I make images and video content pretty much everyday. I'm learning (slowly) that even if you love what you do it's a good idea to switch gears once in awhile.
It seems like the people who live on the island year-round got that memo.
There is a slow but deliberate way of life that I haven't experienced anywhere else. Despite clearly looking like a tourist, everyone had a smile and always asked where I was from. One guy spent 15 minutes telling me where all the great spots were to take pictures. Only at the end of his list did I mention leaving my camera(s) at home. If there was a single moment where I wished for a camera it was right then. His expression was priceless...all the way from Toronto without a camera...
I've written a fair bit about Western Canada. The rugged mountains and wild coastline just does it for me. For the most part you don't even need to give up your comfort to get into some adventure. I can't think of another spot on the planet that I would be willing to leave my camera at home for. Technically I had my SmartPhone but thankfully I forgot the charging cable. I rationed my usage each day to check emails and CNN.
Victoria - Oak Bay