A lake coffee break (LCB)

Taken early, on the way to a meeting yesterday morning.

I found myself on the road between Ucluelet and Port Alberni, heading to a committee meeting scheduled for a 10:00 start. The round trip is three hours on a good day, but those days are rare due to a large construction project on Kennedy Lake Hill.6CD30665-7293-49FF-8F20-A103D2AE1C39 The road is being made safer, widening it to prevent larger and taller vehicles on the cliff side moving across the dividing line and scaring oncoming traffic into a choice between a lakeside plunge or a head on collision. Currently, the road is often closed for a number of hours each day, and when it is open, it is single lane and flag controlled, potentially adding quite a delay to your journey.

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Coverage

All this is a long winded way of saying I’d left plenty of time to make my meeting, and the traffic gods were beaming down on me as I experienced the briefest of stoppages. This left me time to make a stop before Alberni at Sproat Lake, take a short wander under the trees and along the shore, sip my travel coffee (prepared in anticipation of a long flag stop!) and gather my thoughts, such as they were.

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Productive

I could tell you about the dozens of new education acronyms I’ve encountered but as yet have failed to decipher, or about some of the policy initiatives to be discussed, but I won’t. Was there cell coverage to check work messages? Nope! Instead, I’ll share that the parking lot was empty, as were the trails and shore. Rain was trying and failing to fall, with barely a patter to be heard on the turning leaves. The chattering squirrels and angry-sounding crows had the place to themselves, or they did once I finished my coffee and remembered I should be working, or at least on the way.

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Work stoppage

I made it to the meeting fashionably early, left with a head full of new and exciting information, and some more acronyms. I’m happy to report there were no chattering squirrels or angry crows on this committee, so that went well.

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The woods and the trees – an LCB stop

Best of all, I was back in time to join a homework zone and hear from a confident young man sharing his experience about becoming an outdoor leader to his peers. He was eloquent in his expression of how he wanted to further his outdoor leadership skills and continue to mentor younger students in wilderness and traditional activities.

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Stumped

The success he was sharing reminded me that a lengthy round trip, coffee stops (LCB) and all, is a worthwhile use of time. It is heartening to witness new policies being shaped by representatives from the communities searching for better ways to educate and engage their youth. As I wrote last week, and hope to write again and again, young people can and want to be engaged in their communities and in their natural surroundings. That’s pretty good news (and it’s real!)

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

 

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plaidcamper

I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

10 thoughts on “A lake coffee break (LCB)”

  1. Thank you for the heartening update, Adam, on community involvement in the world of outdoor education. I’ll sip my hot morning coffee to some real news of that nature! And the photos are inspiring– those autumn oak leaves floating mid-air in the evergreen boughs are perfect for your thoughts and aspirations here.

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  2. Thanks for helping the next generation develop an appreciation and respect for the world they live in beyond the boundaries of their own shells. It is much appreciated.

    We seem to have the opposite animal behaviors around us right now angry squirrels and chatty crows/ravens.

    Have a wonderful weekend your self.

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    1. Thanks, Mike! After an extended break, it’s been good to get back to an education role, and one with more outdoor time than I’d hoped for. Can’t complain. Hope your weekend has been a good one!

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  3. Beautiful fall colors and photos, especially the first photo and the shot with the Jeep!! I’m beginning to think that if I lived in Canada I could develop an optimist vibe! Gorgeous commutes, lovely coffee break locations, pleasant work stoppages, productive meetings and a strong community spirit. I bet that in Canada everyone actually rolls their windows down and chats during traffic delays instead of the hand signals and yelling that occurs here. Loved the lake coffee break and thanks for sharing the beautiful and inspiring post!

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    1. Thank you! An extended traffic stop by Kennedy Lake isn’t too bad – a colleague was telling me last time he got caught in a long stop, he took off into the woods and foraged for mushrooms (successfully!)
      I hope you’ve had a pleasant weekend!

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