‘May Long’ has always been the unofficial start of summer in Canada, even though it’s a month short of real summer. And it typically doesn’t feel like real summer either – it almost always pours rain, and I almost always go camping anyway. So my May Long memories usually involve hovering under a tarp and wondering why the hell I haven’t learned my lesson. And then the next year I do it again.
This winter in Vancouver has been dire, and before that we had a ridiculously rainy autumn. So we’ve earned this summer – and I sure as hell am going to make the most of it.
Here’s what I plan to do with these glorious months in Vancouver and environs:
- Jump off a cliff. A high one. (Maybe the one girlfriend jumped off on No Tomorrow? Note to self: find out what cliff jumped off on No Tomorrow)
- Visit the following Gulf Islands (or as many as possible): Salt Spring, Galiano, Saturna, Mayne, Gabriola, Hornby, Thetis, Denman, Texada, Lasqueti, Penelakut, Prevost, Valdes, Mudge, De Courcy, Snake (okay, maybe not that last one?)
- Go skinny dipping (it’s been way too long!)
- Rope swing – as many as possible (but that’s just #lifegoals for me)
- Overnight hikes: Widgeon Lake, Statlu Lake & Elfin Lakes
- Kayak the Broken Islands (this one is on my 36 by 36 list, and I’m quickly running out of pre-36 summers)
- Cycle the Kettle Valley Railway (ditto, 36 by 36)
That’ll probably do for this summer. There’s a thousand other things I would love to do this summer – do the Indian Arm kayaking trip again, do Garibaldi Lake, rent a scooter on Bowen Island etc. etc. etc. – but summer’s also supposed to be the season of chill, n’est pas? Hopefully not in terms of weather…