All Good Things Must Come to an End

Last year at this time I was about to enter the first blog of my year off.  It has been a great year.  Just a glimpse back at some of my posts, I am having a hard time putting the whole year into words.  This year I had the opportunity to dive with the sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, see some amazing sites in Australia, stand along the side of a volcano in Nicaragua, help build a school for children, travel to Cuba on a family vacation, celebrating  my 40th in Chicago with a great friend, among other great adventures.  As it is now Labour Day, I am sitting here doing some reflecting and thinking how lucky I am to have experienced what the past 12 months have held. It would not have been possible without the language in my collective agreement that allows me to defer a percentage of my salary each year leading up to the year off.  I will say that if you have the opportunity at your job, and can make it work financially, then it is worth it for sure.  I have already started thinking and vaguely planning for my next adventure which will hopefully start in September of 2017.  Here are a selection of photos from this year.

First Day of What?
First Day of What?
Trained for and completed the Colours 5k run in Bancroft.
Trained for and completed the Colours 5k run in Bancroft.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.
Koala
Koala
Holding a baby wallaby
Holding a baby wallaby
Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night
Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night
At the wax museum in Sydney
At the wax museum in Sydney
Great Barrier Diving
Diving the Great Barrier Reef
Rafting the Tulley River
Rafting the Tulley River
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Random Beach in the Daintree Rainforest
Hiking in the Outback
Hiking in the Outback
Meeting new wild friends in Tasmania
Meeting new wild friends in Tasmania
Diving in Cuba
Diving in Cuba
Relaxing on the beach in Cuba
Relaxing on the beach in Cuba
Volcano in Nicaragua
Volcano in Nicaragua
At the school build in Jardines de Apoyo Nicaragua
At the school build in Jardines de Apoyo Nicaragua
Celebrating the start of a new school in Nicaragua
Celebrating the start of a new school in Nicaragua
Being a Cupper (yes an actual title) tasting coffee right from the plantation.
Being a Cupper (yes an actual title) tasting coffee right from the plantation.
Fun with Shelly in Chicago
Fun with Shelly in Chicago
Sears Tower Chicago
Sears Tower Chicago

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Watching the sun go down. Final weekend of my leave.
Watching the sun go down. Final weekend of my leave.

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