Settling in

Since leaving Vancouver Island just over a week ago I haven’t had time to think of much else but getting here, starting work, finding a place to live.

Well, I’m here, work’s going well, and I’m pretty certain I’ve found the place to live. It’s on the 14th floor of a quiet, well maintained building facing east toward the river, and just a short walk from where I’m working. They’ve agreed to a 6 month lease rather than their normal 1 year. The apartment is large and bright, and a good price considering the cost of accommodation here now – a far cry from my $300 a month house on the leafy streets of the university district back in the 1980’s!

So now that things are settling down, I can be a bit more selective in what photos to show you.

Here’s a view of the Nicola Valley looking south toward Merritt taken on my first day of travel:

I had been driving since Horseshoe Bay with just a brief stop for fuel in Hope before the long leg over the Coquihalla, at the top end of which lies Merritt. The Nicola Valley looks like Scotland. I’ve always meant to stop and explore this region but every time I’ve just breezed through, as I was again intent on doing last week having made a reservation at the Overlander Motel in Chase, the pay phone outside of which should be celebrated for simply being there:

The next morning I went to the Adams River for the salmon run. You saw the photo in the last post. I also mentioned in that post that I got back my long lost DP1 camera. I took it for a walk through the back of Bonnie’s acreage; here’s a view of their neighbourhood in autumn:

I admit I’m still in shock being here, especially when I realize I’ll be here a while longer. The temptation is to interpret the emotion as panic, but it’s just excitement over the adventure this winter will be: a life new and different in my old home town.

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