Ten New Things cont’d.
6. Discovered the Sunshine Coast – Our church small group goes on a retreat each year and this time we rented a massive house on the Sunshine Coast that slept 16 people. I had been to the Sunshine Coast once years ago, but only to the town you arrive in at the ferry drop off, so it didn’t really feel like I had experienced the Coast. We had fun watching jellyfish off the dock, Dave went out on a late night canoe run to stare at the stars and the phosphorescents in the water. We did a hike up a small mountain and had a spectacular view of the area we were staying in and relaxed in an outdoor hot tub. It was a fun weekend with friends and we’ll be back in the future.
7. Surprising my family at Thanksgiving – Given the opportunity to take a work trip home at Thanksgiving, I knew that I had to go the extra few hours to see my family for the long weekend. The look on moms face was worth it, she was so surprised and so were all the kids. Amazingly, it still ended up being really busy as I quickly made the rounds to see my big family, but it was really fun to just ‘pop in’ for a little bit.
8. Going to Brooklyn – I was super excited about getting to go to Brooklyn. I had been to Manhattan before and did all the major tourist things, but never strayed across the river. We learned a lot about this borough through a food tour and saw all kinds of awesome street art. It really reminded me of Vancouver, just more of an East Coast feel. I know we’ll get back again soon for some good coffee, food and hopefully next time a brewery or two.
9. Eating at a Michelin starred restaurant – This was such an awesome experience. Dave and I don’t like to buy things; we would far rather spend our money on an experience that we can share and remember with happiness later. Eating at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan was one of them. A sister site also exists just outside of New York City and is one of the 50 best in the world, so we knew this was going to be amazing. It was1If you have a chance to watch Chef’s Table on Netflix, there is an episode all about Barber and how he sources his food and focuses on flavour. Best restaurant meal we have ever had. We followed that up a couple days later by eating at The Spotted Pig, which has also received a Michelin star for its amazing pub food. It was a food lovers paradise for us in NYC.
10. Running the New York City Marathon – My hardest marathon bar-none. For years I have seen a picture hanging in my aunt’s house of her and her sister crossing the finish line of the marathon in 1993. So it has been on my bucket list for a long time: Run NYC, one of the Big 5 marathons. I finally got the opportunity to run it with one of my closest friends from Australia, Megan. I thought it would be my best run ever and my training had been my best. I was faster, my body felt good, I was ready to roll. Reality was, we both found it super challenging; the hills, the bridges, the long, long sections of street and the endless crowds. I finished in 4:11:41 and I wish I could go back and do it all over again, because I know I could do better. But I’m proud of what I did despite how it turned out because I pushed until the end and never even considered giving up. For now though, I don’t want to think about another marathon for a long time.
What will 2016 bring? Hopefully a new province to visit and maybe some new BC experiences. We’re calling it our Year of Canada!
I hope you did some new things in 2015 as well. It keeps you young and bring lots of fun to life. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!