I've hit the two month mark already! I feel like so much has happened and there's no way that it only took two months. Squamish kind of feels like school again. Familiar faces, friends asking how your day went at the dinner table, playing chess and cards on rainy nights under the picnic shelter. People playing guitar and singing songs to pass the time. It's simple living.
So far, the trip has exceeded my expectations. I'm also working on my children's book projects. I really enjoy the break it gives me from climbing, and I feel like I'm enjoying working now more than I did when I had a full time job. Maybe it's the flexible schedule, or maybe it's the more balanced work/fun ratio.
One thing I've noticed that doesn't really change is how content people can be in their lives. When I first moved to San Francisco, I really enjoyed the energy, the exciting places to go, the amazing food. But, soon I became less content, and antsy for the outdoors a more spontaneous life. However, sometimes here in Squamish I overhear people saying, 'Ugh the weather is such a bummer lately', or 'These are the times when I wish I had an apartment', or 'Man, why do I even climb? I don't feel like I'm progressing'. Hah, I might have said a few of these things. But my point is, even people living the dream of traveling and climbing everyday, still have moments of discontent. Maybe, as humans, we'll always want something more. Maybe we'll never be 100% content with our lives, even when it's at its best. It's interesting.
I have a few climbing goals I'd like to accomplish in the next couple weeks before I move on to Banff and Calgary. Then on to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Ten Sleep, and possibly Devils Tower if the temps aren't too hot.