I have fallen behind. It is day sixteen of my 365 days of blogging, and I have missed the last eight days of posting. I was going strong with a seven-day streak, but on day eight, I fell off because of work and exploring Vancouver. But that is just how life goes sometimes; I want things to be perfect and be able to post once a day, but that isn’t always realistic. Because though self-discipline is essential, building a new habit in your life is never easy, especially when you are already committed to other responsibilities. So instead of getting caught up in not completing the last eight days and throwing it all away, I will pick up from where I am and move forward. I had been halfway through my self-improvement post from day eight and began my day nine post about our visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park when things started to pick up at work as we were getting ready for a two-day sail with our coworkers from the Seattle office. Since the Resolution is only a year old as of September, it was the first time many of them have been on the ship.
Though most of my coworkers from the Seattle office have been with Lindblad for years, most of us on the vessel and in different departments are newer to the company. So the office had decided that since we were so close to Seattle, they would fly everyone into Vancouver, and we would have a two-night sail. So that everyone could tour the ship and finally put faces to the email addresses we usually only ever get to see. Sailing from Vancouver, we headed northwest about fifty-nine miles to Jervis Inlet, British Columbia. Jervis Inlet received its name after the expedition searching for the fabled Northwest Passage in 1791-1795. Following Royal Navy tradition George Vancouver named the main waterway after his friend Rear Admiral Sir John Jervis, also known as Earl of St. Vincent. The latter had defeated the Spanish Fleet at Cape St. Vincent in Portugal, which is why the entrance of Jervis Inlet is named after the battle. Jervis Inlet is one of the main Inlets on the British Columbia Coast and is also the deepest fjord with a maximum depth of 670 m (2,200 ft) and stretches 89 km (55mi).
Having a chance to enjoy the guest experience, our coworkers and crew who weren’t on duty could join in on morning stretches and have breakfast in our two-zero-one restaurant. Then in the afternoon, kayak in the Inlet, partake in the “polar plunge,” and attend tea time. Then in the evening, everyone joined us in the Ice Lounge for the cocktail hour, where we hosted our nightly recaps and briefings. We also offered ship tours while others attended zoom meetings from the Ice Lounge. It was a great experience getting to meet so many people from the office as there is discontent since you can’t work in both the office and on the ship. It gave us all a chance to sit down and explain day-to-day life and understand how we could better support each other. I hope we get to do it again soon.