It's now been a little over a week that my friend
left to head back to Regina, SK (which is in the middle of the country from my east coast Canada location). We hadn't physically been in the same room as the other for over 7 years - and I'm also not including FaceTime or phone calls since they really aren't the same thing. It was a pretty big deal. We had also agreed to go skydiving when she came down since I had wanted to do it for the past few years and going with each other just made sense. i wouldn't have wanted to do it with anyone else.
I have to say it was the most fun I've had in years because we were both on vacation and did a lot of 'this is my first time doing (blank)'. The girl may have only been here for a week but man did we ever hit the ground running for basically the whole thing. Spent a good portion with her shopping, discovering gelato, hardcore sing-alongs in the car to 90s music...but that was just more on the tame side of her trip, haha.
After arriving on a Saturday we had the skydiving tandem jump booked for Wednesday afternoon (where you're strapped to an instructor so you don't need to worry about pulling the parachute and such) but due to weather, it was cancelled until Friday. Not a big deal, sort of a let down but we made the most of it by literally picking spontaneous places and activities to do. Courtney suggested horseback riding so I told her to look if there was anything close by. We ended up going to the Broadleaf Ranch about 45 mins from my place for a two hour ride and I had never been on a horse on my own without someone leading it ever. My horse Pedro was hilarious because he would try to scratch himself on every bush we passed since the mosquitoes and bugs are attracted to the horses and it was the in between weather where it would lightly rain on and off but man the countryside was gorgeous. Obviously since my first concern was staying on the horse, Courtney got some videos of the ordeal. It was great.
Next we moved onto Cape Enraged the next, which is the Bay of Fundy and were right along the coast but again about an hour a 15 min drive away from my house. Of course the weather wasn't entirely on our side since it was raining off an on a lot harder than when we were horseback riding but even so, we went out to go zip lining which was a first for both of us. Awesome experience and if ever you get the chance, do it.
Finally it came time to go skydiving and we had fantastic guys from SkyDive Moncton for our instructors (Courtney was a little miffed because she found one of them 'hot' and I ended up going with him, haha). It was sunny and partly cloudy, but super gorgeous weather out otherwise. Again our dive was postponed but this time only by two hours or so. Both of us went up in a plane that felt like a canoe built for five people (Courtney, me, our instructors, and the pilot). One of the more unsettling parts was probably whether or not the plane was going to make it to 10,000 feet! Of course we made it up there just fine, and everything went off without a hitch. I would do it again in a heartbeat. There's nothing like free-falling at 190km/hr and falling straight through clouds.
Now it's back to working, saving for school, and waiting for the new semester to start at the end of August. #awesome2014