On a plane
As I fall back into my seat on the plane it finally sinks in that we are off. Although 2 weeks is nothing compared to our usual travel stints, this will be a sweet couple of weeks indeed.
Returning back home last year after almost 12 years away, we wasted no time in getting to work. Unlike some independently wealthy travel bloggers out there, we work very hard to pad the bank account in order to experience new adventures. It seems we have created a pattern in our life of working extremely hard towards rewarding ourselves with travel.
A Chef’s life
In my case (Tim) that means assuming the role of executive chef at a very busy restaurant/micro brewery (Les Brasseurs du Temps) where I try my best to lead a team of 24 kitchen staff through the twisted world of restaurant life. It’s definitely not a life for everyone, in fact very few, but it is one I find very rewarding and something I have dedicated more time to than anything in my life. Ten to twelve hour days are the norm in this gig and the stress can be seriously crushing but somehow after a good service when the food goes out smoothly and everyone is happy, it all seems worth it. So after a solid year of dedicating myself to the betterment of this restaurant, this short two weeks will be solid gold for us, no matter what.
We are heading back to one of the most beautiful places Canada has to offer, British Columbia. Just the fact that we will get to hang out with good friends in a place that we have called home before is enough to make our shoulders drop and a wave of relaxation move through us but add in the opportunity to do some fly fishing for Pacific salmon and I am like a kid at Christmas.
Fly fishing and tieing has been a passion of mine for many years and I have been lucky to enjoy lots of great fishing and some recognition as a fly tier. Ten years ago when I was at the peak of my fly tieing frenzy I won first place in 2 categories in a national fly tieing contest judged by fisherman Dave Whitlock and taught some folks to tie flies at a local fishing shop. Fly fishing for me is one of life’s greatest pleasures communing with nature in some of the most magnificent settings imaginable.
Fly fishing also offers the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the life of the river with incredible insect hatches and life cycles and the complex and challenging life many fish species endure. Add to that the involved art of casting properly and fly presentation while wading hip deep into a river, flowing with life, and I am in heaven. This trip will be made even more blissful because we will be testing and reviewing some awesome gear from the renowned manufacturer Redington. Needless to say this will add a little extra magic to being on the river.
What could be better than good food, good fishing and good friends? Join us for a taste of this part of our country and maybe we will even get you hooked on the idea of fly fishing and the fantastic travel opportunities it can offer.
See you on the river!