I’m taking a break from the beach today.
Typical of the Pacific North West, it is bleak and rainy outside. It’d be cold and wet too, if I’d not chosen to stay inside. Being no fool, I chose instead to kick-off a new series of blog posts. It’s about living ‘Here vs There.’
I have the luxury of living in two places. One is in Toronto, the largest city in Canada, population: six million. The other is in Ucluelet, population: 1,717.
In Toronto I am never more than ten minutes from a super store; fine arts is a choice of museums away and dinner is easy with over sixteen thousand restaurants to choose from. In Ucluelet, the nearest Walmart is two hours away, art is the view from my living room and I can have any food I want, so long as I make it.
Transitioning from one place to the other takes planning. Whenever I come to Ucluelet, I have to adjust my clothing and gear.
The weather is always one of sunny, foggy, overcast or mild. Sometimes it’s all of that in one day. In any case, there’s always the chance of rain.
I wear layers under my waterproof jacket which has a hood and lots of zippered pockets. The pockets are necessary for storing my scarf, keys, sunglasses and bear spray. The zippers are necessary for when I catch a sun spot and have to de-layer to soak up some rays. If you’ve ever lost your keys on a trail, you’ll know why zippers are important.
Probably the most obvious change in gear is my hand bag.
In the city I carry a slouchy leather hand bag. It’s big enough to carry my wallet, phone, keys, hat, gloves, aspirin, notebook with a checklist of to-do items and a pen to check off old items and add new ones. In Ucluelet I carry a change purse with one bank card, a health card and Co-op membership. And enough cash to pay for serendipitous finds in the local thrift shop.
Ahh, the west coast thrift shop … now there’s another difference between living here vs there.
But that’s another blog post for another time. Stay tuned!
Ucluelet. April 2019